Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
2005 | Documentary | 109 minutes | English
Why Stream This Film?
How unusual: the idea that a company is “too big to fail” did not happen to Enron as it came crashing down.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 82
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Documentary
Writers Guild of America: Winner, Best Documentary Screenplay (Peter Elkind, Alex Gibney, Bethany McLean)
Independent Spirit Awards: Winner, Best Documentary
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This excellent documentary is a fascinating story of greed, criminality, and self-deception that spreads out from Enron’s flashy HQ in Houston to the White House and the whole financial world that was complicit in the company’s activities.
This is not a political documentary. It is a crime story. No matter what your politics, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room will make you mad. It tells the story of how Enron rose to become the seventh largest corporation in America with what was essentially a Ponzi scheme, and in its last days looted the retirement funds of its employees to buy a little more time.
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