Boiler Room Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
To put the movie in sales terms, after a good opening pitch, Younger fails to close the deal. The audience can't buy in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Last reel is particularly disappointing in its naive philosophy, manifest in Younger's rush to bring the various conflicts to satisfying closure.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Ben Younger experienced the sales pitch of a boiler room recruiter in real life. His fascination with the thrill-junkie life of these stock jocks is reflected in the script's sharp, arrogant dialogue.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
During the movie I was wound up with tension and involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Boiler's adrenaline rush film creates an elaborate stock scam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Although the plotting gets a bit predictable toward the end, the script is intelligent and boldly written throughout.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It's the first film of the year capable of keeping a grown-up awake.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A compelling movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Younger draws a lot from David Mamet in his depictions of this seller's hothouse, but he does it with a twist: The salesmen here are fully conscious of being Mamet-y; their bible is Alec Baldwin's big, win-at-all-costs speech from...Glengarry Glen Ross.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A fast and funny look at a world where 'greed is good' has become the only reality in town.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
The movie draws from the works that preceded it, then takes to the street with a too-cool hip-hop strut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
In moviemaking, as in cold-calling, sometimes conviction is almost enough.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room is derivative and flawed. But it does throw off a few sparks.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
You won't find a movie that taps more directly into the jugular of the greed-fueled late '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room is a new film that will yank anyone who's ever gotten a cold call from a chop shop.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
What cooks about Boiler Room are the details, the ways these guys talk to each other and customers.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Despite Ribisi's success in giving Seth some sleepy-eyed, slouching charisma, we never really know what makes him tick.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room reflects the sensibility of the generation it holds up to critical scrutiny, and it's a cunningly ambiguous act of self-portraiture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Younger has a firmer grasp on the convoluted workings of pop and business (sub) cultures than many of his contemporaries.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room pays off with emotional dividends well worth the time investment.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
A shallow script that never gets at the heart or conflict behind the swagger.