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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 238
Fresh: 183 | Rotten: 55

Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
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Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 13

Funny, self-referential, and irreverent to a fault, The Wolf of Wall Street finds Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at their most infectiously dynamic.

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Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort. From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street." -- (C) Paramount

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Jordan Belfort, Terence Winter

Mar 25, 2014

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DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Scorsese unleashes a furious, yet exquisitely controlled, kinetic energy, complete with a plunging and soaring camera, mercurial and conspicuous special effects, counterfactual scenes, subjective fantasies, and swirling choreography on a grand scale.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The Wolf of Wall Street is a magnificent black comedy: fast, funny, and remarkably filthy.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Man, does this movie have a savage bite.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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I couldn't buy it, and couldn't wait for the hollow spectacle to end.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's hard not to feel there is a better revisit of Scorsese's crime gem already in theaters, David O. Russell's American Hustle.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Terence Winter's adaptation of convicted fraudster Jordan Belfort's memoir is nonstop splat-thwack-four-letter-120-miles-an-hour-f----s----f--- you. To money, to America, to women.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

A classic tale of the unquenchable thirst of greed...

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Martin Scorsese's finest in more than a decade.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Scorsese wheels out all his slick tricks to turn this relatively one-note story into a three hour thrill-ride that only ever feels tired when it's vital to the story.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

This much-anticipated chronicle of depravity at once amuses and nauseates.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Full of sex, drugs and amoral characters, but it is fascinating to watch.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

This is a fantastic exploration of greed, money, and a truly flawed character that spent much of the nineties on a jaw-dropping but pernicious thrill-ride.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Along with its three-hour runtime, this baggy plotting may make Wolf a somewhat harder sell to audiences but it's a deeper movie than The Departed -- among the best that Scorsese has made.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Plays less as an insightful critique and more as an exercise in indulgence.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Though it's not a bad movie (it is Scorsese, after all), The Wolf of Wall Street is surprisingly off-putting, overlong and morally skewed.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

There is no psychological insight, no moral insight, just no insight, full stop. And it palls after a while.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: The Spectator
The Spectator

While DiCaprio lets loose portraying Belfort's plutocratic debauchery, Scorsese looks on with kid-in-candy-store glee.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Martin Scorsese's giddy biopic of stockbroker swindler Jordan Belfort, has all the dazzle and pizzazz of his classic gangster movies - only this time the crooks on screen are pumping and dumping worthless stocks rather than bodies.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Funny? Yes. Entertaining? Yes. Flattering? Not in the slightest. Anyone who wants to be in the Jordan Belfort business after watching Wolf must have rocks in their head.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Scorsese seems to have mixed every genre and every tone from all his previous work together in one big three-hour character-driven opus. And the damn thing works.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Wisely, Scorsese torques his opus as a sprawling, outrageous, gross-out comedy of excess. It's Animal House meets Wall Street... [making] us understand how the unbridled fun of a world defined by power, prostitutes and drugs can result in moral abandon.

January 25, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

Movies shouldn't provide moral instruction but the best incorporate competing philosophies. Unfortunately, there is no one Scorsese can bring himself to be quite as interested in as Belfort.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

The characteristic traits build up, intolerably: the grinding pace, the deadening repetition, the pointless wordiness (Terence Winter's screenplay never shuts up), the self-congratulatory nyuk-nyuks.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

His fifth collaboration with DiCaprio sits within the Scorsese back-catalogue like it was always meant to be there.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Standard

...an unhinged and highly quotable near-instant-classic, which constantly and ingeniously mines laughs from the most despicable and debauched behaviour imaginable

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street has fantastic lead performances, but Scorsese disappoints with this over indulgent mess. The story rings hollow thanks to completely unlikable characters, a far too lengthy story that is 3 hours long, and an over reliance on sex and drugs to entertain. There's moments of gleeful exuberance, but it gets exhausting after awhile watching these characters go absolutely insane on drugs. I understand that this is a cautionary tale, but they could have cut back at least a little bit. The one positive I see from this is that they allowed all of this craziness without giving it a NC17 rating. There's a ton of nudity and language to go with the drugs and sex and I don't know how they got it through the rating system, but it is a win for anti-censorship. This was definitely my least favorite of the Best Picture nominees this year. I usually love Scorsese, but he went overboard with this film.
April 13, 2014
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A stock broker bends ethical rules to build a fortune while feeding his obscene appetite for hookers and Quaaludes. Although the target of the satire is easy, this mixture of GOODFELLAS and WALL STREET is Martin Scorsese's best, and funniest, movie in quite some time. The only possible complaint is that 3 hours of bad behavior is too much of a good thing.
April 3, 2014
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Greg S

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For a while, my favorite film of 2013 was Gravity. Then I saw this Scorsese epic, and, yeah, it became clear that Gravity was no longer on top. So, officially, my Top 6 films (Highest to lowest) for 2013 are: The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, American Hustle, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Pacific Rim.

This is Scorsese at, basically, his wildest and most excessive, and that's not a bad thing at all.

Based on his memoirs,, this is a portrait of Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort's rise to and fall from prominence during the 80s and 90s. He got super wealthy mostly from penny stocks, and he lived large off the profits. And how he spent his money was basically to go all out on booze, drugs, and women.

This film now holds the record for most f bombs in a non-documentary feature with 504 utterances, and it also has some truly eye popping scenes of debauchery. An example: the first five minutes feature midget tossing, road head, and cocaine being blown into a prostitute's rectum. And that's just the opening 5 minutes. There's 2 hours and 55 minutes left. And it only gets crazier from there.

Obviously, this has generated a ton of controversy, however, it is justifiable and necessary. This is a film about excess, so the only way to do it justice is to do it excessively.

Leonardo DiCaprio is in top form as Belfort, giving what is easily one of his top 3 best performances so far. As his right hand man Donnie Azoff, Jonah Hill gives one of his career best turns as well. In a number of smaller roles and cameos we get to see people like Rob Reiner, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, Spike Jonze, and Ethan Suplee. As Belfort's second wife we get newcomer Margot Robbie, who sheds her Aussie accent for a Jersey one, and really makes a great impression. None of the performances are bad, and these people all seem to have some great chemistry together, especially considering how a lot of the dialogue (minus the big speeches) was heavily improvised.

This is a really long film, and yeah, you'll feel exhausted when it;'s over, but it's actually quite a breezy film that hardly ever lets up. Terrence Winter's script is witty, fierce, and is well paced. Thelma Schoonmaker delivers her trademark goods with some fantastic editing, and ,being a Scorsese film, of course it's well shot and has some dynamite tracking shots, long takes, great music, and brilliant sequences throughout.

The best scene in the film is a 15 minute mini epic where Jordan is whacked out on some especially potent quaaludes and has to try to perform some damage control. The set up is fairly simple, but, given his condition, it becomes a real chore. The scene could be looked at as a horror piece, but is amazingly funny, with some superb physical comedy from Leo and Jonah.

And that's basically the film overall. It's got awful people doing awful things, but the film is a comedy. It's a very dark one, sure, but I can't stress how funny so much of this is. Granted, it does get pretty dramatic at times, but overall, it's fun. You should hate these characters, and you kinda do, but they're so damn persuasive, charming, and charismatic, you really have to kind of admire them.

Definitely give this one a look. It's a wonderful kind of whacked out, over the top epic.
March 31, 2014
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Scorcese revisits his greatest works with this tour-de-force about rampant personal selfishness unchecked, and perhaps its where Marty is at his best: recording our love of ourselves completely, including the big empty behind the twinkly eyes. There's not a dull moment in here, not a one, its like attending the toga party at Animal House. On steroids.
And three words regarding the Oscar for Best Actor: Leo was robbed.
March 13, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. Jordan Belfort: My warriors, who won't take 'No' for an answer. Who won't hang up the phone till their client either buys. Or fucking dies!
    – Submitted by Jayden W (2 months ago)
    1. Jordan Belfort: Still, give them to me young, hungry, and stupid. And in no time, I will make them rich.
    – Submitted by Priscilla L (2 months ago)
    1. Agent Patrick Denham: Let me give you some legal advice: Shut the fuck up!
    – Submitted by Andy P (2 months ago)
    1. Donnie Azoff: I'll tell you what: I'm never eating at Benihana again. I don't care whose birthday it is.
    – Submitted by Andy P (2 months ago)
    1. Mark Hanna: It's his first day on Wall Street give him some time.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (2 months ago)
    1. Jordan Belfort: At least as a rich man when I have to face my problems I show up at the back of a limo wearing a $2,000 suit and a $40,000 gold fucking watch.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (2 months ago)
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