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Wall Street (1987)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 49,498



Movie Info

"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as … More

R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Directed By:
Written By:
Stanley Weiser , Oliver Stone
In Theaters:
Nov 7, 2000
20th Century Fox


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Critic Reviews for Wall Street

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (11) | DVD (32)

The sensibility of this movie is so adolescent that it's hard to take it as seriously as the filmmakers intend us to.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Watching Oliver Stone's Wall Street is about as wordy and dreary as reading the financial papers accounts of the rise and fall of an Ivan Boesky-type arbitrageur.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Top Critic

Dramatically inept, the film also muddles its naÔve moralising.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Wall Street isn't a movie to make one think. It simply confirms what we all know we should think, while giving us a tantalizing, Sidney Sheldon-like peek into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the rich and powerful.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

With its posturing politics and cardboard characterizations, Wall Street is not up to [Oliver Stone's] past standards.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

In Wall will see the evil, capitalistic impulses of man. Towards the end, you will see the self-righteous impulses of liberal finger-waggers. It's hard to tell which is worse.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic eye-opening behind-the-scenes glimpse at an almost alien landscape.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

For a motion picture that, at the time of shooting, was intended to be relatively hip and cutting-edge, it is now so laughably outdated it almost feels like science-fiction.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010

Like the rest of Stone's oeuvre, it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. But his filmmaking style is like heavy metal: When he hits the right chords, nobody plays with as much power or brash energy.

Full Review… | September 20, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Some of the 1980s-era details may seem a bit dated, and the movie's attitude toward women is slightly despicable, but the overall story arc, echoing the "Faust" tale, is timeless.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

...blustery and unsophisticated, like many of the movies of Oliver Stone.

Full Review… | October 23, 2008

All the performances are excellent with the emotional highlights including the father/son emotional angst between Sheen and his real life father Martin Sheen.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It's solid, but no showcase for HD.

Full Review… | January 27, 2008
Movie Metropolis

a compelling drama that is exceedingly well acted (with the obvious exception of the wretched Daryl Hannah)

Full Review… | October 2, 2007
7M Pictures

A big, glossy movie that satirises the whole yuppie ethos more than anything else.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007

Writer-director Oliver Stone, who shows an uncanny knack for anticipating public interest in the subjects he chooses, explores the much-publicized inside trading scandals of the mid-1980s.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Stone's attack on the excesses of the Me Decade could easily be dubbed Mr. Smith Goes to Wall Street.

Full Review… | September 15, 2007
Slant Magazine

Though it's set in urban New York, the jungle in this morality tale is similar to the one in Stone's former film, Platoon: In both, Charlie Sheen plays a youth torn between two father figures representing Good (Martin Sheen) and Evil (Michael Douglas)

Full Review… | April 6, 2007

If it's possible to have dialogue that's too stunning for the film's own good, that's the case with "Wall Street."

Full Review… | March 4, 2007
Arizona Daily Star

Wall Street is Stone's snarling condemnation of the Go-Go junk bond king buy 'em, break 'em, and sell off the parts '80s.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

A hard-hitting morality tale about how the lines between right and wrong are being blurred in the very compettive marketplace.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

The Yuppies' "Field of Dreams."

February 18, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Audience Reviews for Wall Street

It's Michael Douglas's portrayal of Gekko-aptly dubbed "Gekko the Great" by the antihero himself-that makes the film so much more intriguing. His pitch-perfect performance is sometimes serious, others laid-back. The decision of which of these two conversational routes to take is crucial in his challenging role, whereas it wouldn't very much matter in most other cinematic roles. His shifting between solemnity and relaxation is so gradual and subtle, so as not to make his character seem even slightly awkward. Above all, Douglas's famous "Greed is Good" speech is delivered with such profound gravity, it's bound to leave a viewer speechless. It's interesting how many times "greed" is employed in such a short amount of time, yet the speech doesn't come close to devolving into a pleonasm. Douglas earned a righteous Best Actor Oscar for his performance, and it pervades his performance. Charlie Sheen, on the other hand, is a bit of a disappointment in his performance as Fox. Of course, the problem here isn't drugs, tiger blood, and self-proclaimed "winning"; come December, the film will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, giving it a release far before this man fell apart. It's his acting here that falls apart-in fact, Charlie slightly overacts. Near the end of the film, there are a handful of scenes featuring Bud Fox and his father Carl arguing. Carl Fox is portrayed by Martin Sheen, who happens to be Charlie's real-life father. Knowing this personal relationship shared between the two of them, it's actually surprising how lacking in authenticity their quarrels are.

WALL STREET is a likeable, well-made drama, engaging from the very start. Admittedly, it isn't perfect, nor does it feel like a vile cheat. Even after over two hours of familiarizing ourselves with the characters, immersing ourselves in their idiosyncrasies and peccant personalities, the ending is still a bit of a surprise-and it sums up the film more concisely than almost any other conclusion I've ever seen. Revealing that one, strong moral would instantaneously disclose countless spoilers, so under downright obligation, I will refrain from saying anything more. Besides, what more can I say? WALL STREET, for lack of a better word, is good.

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

An excellent film about greed and the want to score each time more in the stock market game of power. Michael Douglas puts in a magnificent performance as the voracious, unforgettable shark Gordon Gekko, in a fascinating story that is greatly directed and relies on elegant dialogue.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest Oliver Stone fan. He's some great films (Platoon, Natural Born Killers) but I find that his films basically deal with the same subject. However with Wall Street he makes a very solid, and entertaining film about a Wall Street Broker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) who is eager to make it big on Wall Street. The film examines Fox's relationship with Corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and how both men use insider trading information to make large sums of money. Only when his relationship with Gekko sours does Bud Fox destroy Gekko with his competition. Wall Street is an interesting film that takes a good look at corporate greed and how some people will do anything to gain fortunes. Brilliantly acted by Michael Douglass and Charlie Sheen, Wall Street is an effective dramatic thriller that is very suspenseful. Oliver Stone delivers a good film and the cast here are terrific. Wall Street is a well crafted film that is one of Stone's best films. If you're looking for a good, entertaining film that makes insider trading an interesting subject for a film, then Wall Street is that film. The film may not be perfect, but it delivers good entertainment and like I said it's one of Stone's best films aside from Platoon. Oliver Stone has succeeded in making a not so interesting subject entertaining for a film, and for the most part, Wall Street succeeds in deliver solid drama and thrills. A worthy film to watch for sure.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Eh, I thought it was going to be better. Gordon Gekko isn't as cool as I thought he was going to be.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Wall Street Quotes

Gordon Gekko:
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
– Submitted by Dutch E (19 months ago)
Bud Fox:
That is horseshit! You step out that door and I am changing the locks!
– Submitted by Melanie D (20 months ago)
Gordon Gekko:
Greed Is good.
– Submitted by Alex K (2 years ago)
Gordon Gekko:
The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
Gordon Gekko:
Money never sleeps, pal.
– Submitted by Felipe S (2 years ago)
Lou Mannheim:
The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do.
– Submitted by Tom V (3 years ago)

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