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Generation Wealth

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For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (TheQueen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, #likeagirl) has travelled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist's sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. With her new film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life's work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff's edge. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.
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October 13, 2018

The degree of difficulty here is off the charts, and the wildly uneven results only make the achievement of Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson all the more impressive.
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August 30, 2018

But as in so much of this sprawling meditation-an odd mix where the heinously crass often outweighs the authentically beautiful-deep analysis is lacking.
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August 02, 2018

Despite having been a renowned photographer for more than a quarter-century, Greenfield here seems to have lost her focus.
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The Tyee (British Columbia)
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August 24, 2018

Generation Wealth falls victim to the very thing that it is attempting to critique, namely excess. Quite simply, there is too much stuff in here.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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July 25, 2018

"Generation Wealth" feels like it's all over the place, and that, if most of its subjects are lacking in depth, the movie itself is open to the same criticism.
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August 03, 2018

Scattered and self-indulgent, a career retrospective in search of a coherent theme.
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July 25, 2018

If "Generation Wealth" has a message that empty acquisitiveness is bad, it delivers it, like the rest of her work, by showing, not telling.
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Globe and Mail
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July 27, 2018

Greenfield's titillating survey of America's grossest obsessions, from plastic surgery to porn, only flirts with economic and social context, mainly limiting itself to observation and personalization.
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The Victoria Advocate
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October 09, 2018

The film is not so much a documentary about how greed and money are destroying society as it is an autobiographical look at Greenfield's obsession with the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.
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San Diego CityBeat
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August 20, 2018

Generation Wealth feels incomplete and haunted.
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August 22, 2018

Bleak and compelling viewing.
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August 26, 2018

Greenfield's film is all over the place, and is more stream of consciousness than informative or even entertaining.
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