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      Hank: 5 Years From the Brink

      2013 1h 25m Documentary Biography List
      50% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 53% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In 2008, Hank Paulson was hired to convince banks, Congress and presidential candidates to sign off on a trillion dollars in bailouts. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Peter Keough Boston Globe A denial of personal responsibility and inadequate regulations: Isn't that what led us to the brink in the first place? Rated: 2/4 Mar 6, 2014 Full Review David Lewis San Francisco Chronicle This is not a film that will be remembered for its high drama, but it wouldn't be surprising to see it studied in future years by scholars trying to gain perspective on a calamity that almost brought the world to itsknees. Rated: 2/4 Feb 20, 2014 Full Review Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times For all of Paulson's intelligent calm in front of the camera, he is telling an American horror story of massive proportions. Feb 13, 2014 Full Review Bernard Boo Way Too Indie Providing more than a glancing view of the crisis from the perspective of his opponents would have made for a richer, more encompassing, and possibly more engaging film. Rated: 6.8/10 Apr 3, 2019 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl Hank is basically a big love letter from Paulson to himself, and it's a mystery to me why Berlinger would lend his talents to such an effort. Rated: 4/10 Apr 8, 2014 Full Review Dan Schindel Movie Mezzanine Only essential if you missed every other doc on the recession or are incredibly invested in learning some unneeded details about Hank Paulson's life. Rated: C Feb 20, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Hank Paulson's refusal to accept responsibility for not requiring banks bailed out by taxpayers to reserve a portion of that bailout for consumer lending, and his failure to limit absolutely the compensation and bonuses paid out with those funds, is reprehensible. Having come from the investment banking world, he should have known what these bankers would do. The producer's failure to really probe these issues leaves us with Hank's weak self-assessment. His and his oh-so-humble wife Wendy's inventory of his supposed humility, honesty, honor — blah, blah, blah — is annoying and makes this venture little more than a vanity project. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent portrayal of events as understood from my perspective as a financial advisor for 30 years. It made stunningly clear all the perplexing choices at hand with him as well as Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke in saving the economy from a horrendous collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member I really liked this Joe Berlinger doc. The economic crisis told from Hank Paulson's perspective, but Berlinger doesn't let him get away without asking some of the hard questions. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member An airbrushed and self righteous documentary where Paulson Justifiies the actions taken prior to and during the Credit Crunch, despite the near death of the financial system and the overhang of high unemployment and falling living standards, hank seems to learn absolutely nothing about how Greed and believes in self sustsaining market played a role in the mess he was drafted to clean up. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A damn fine documentary. This reminded me a lot of McNamara's "Fog of War" with how open and honest he was being about his failures. Anyone who really wants to get to the heart of the financial crisis, this is a good movie to begin with. You get to learn all the key dates and important players, straight from the horses's mouth. Good Concept, Good Execution Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting documentary that sheds some light on one of the most controversial figures of last decade's financial meltdown. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 2008, Hank Paulson was hired to convince banks, Congress and presidential candidates to sign off on a trillion dollars in bailouts.
      Joe Berlinger
      Joe Berlinger, Jeanine Brand, Ari Palitz, Robert Richman, Josh Tyrangiel
      Joe Berlinger
      Documentary, Biography
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 26, 2015
      1h 25m
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