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Boiler Room Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good but mature movie. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

A skillful and convincing rise-and-fall story.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

A confident movie that tackles a worthwhile topic with insight and conviction.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 3, 2007

Time Out
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Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

I'm sold.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 13, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

Ribisi does a fine job opposite a typically goofy Jaime Kennedy, a typically sociopathic Scott Cann, and a surprisingly likeable Vin Diesel.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Vin Diesel steals nearly every scene he is in as Chris, one of the top earners in the firm and the only one who still has a heart.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

An engaging actors' showcase wrapped around a warm and fuzzy morality play. Entertaining and fast-paced but ultimately not wound quite tightly enough to be the thriller it would like to be.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: B-

July 18, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Boiler Room is a new kind of triumph: never has a film been so successfully derivative.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A

May 22, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Ribisi is magnificent as a wide-eyed innocent who transitions into a slick veteran pitchman.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Ben Younger, who not only wrote and directed this film, but plays a minor part as one of the traders, has crafted an intense thriller about this often risky business.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Although Boiler Room occasionally feels more like a 60 Minutes expose than a movie, it adds up to a highly watchable, entertaining (though extremely profane) cautionary tale.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Boiler Room grips you early, with its fascinating insights and Younger's appropriation of hip hop music and his snappy, jump-cut-y visual style, and it hardly ever let go.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Boiler Room's greatest strength is its energy level. Every scene clips along at the pace and energy level of the world in which it's set.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The efforts of one unhappy young man to win the love of his father.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 13, 2002
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The tension and pacing of Boiler Room are fast and exciting, like in a good thriller, and the setting is exotic and original.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 20, 2001

Interesante retrato del estado al que ha llegado el sistema político conocido como capitalismo

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

| Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Vin Diesel, who plays senior broker Chris Varick, is a hulking actor with a menacing screen presence and a cavernous bass voice. Watch this guy, he's going places.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2001
Harvey S. Karten

Boiler Room brings the highly commercial classic of thirteen years ago [ Wall Street ] down to a level that could be appreciated by its expected demographics without dumbing down the plot scheme.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000

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Chuck Walton
September 8, 2009

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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