Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's more entertaining than many sequels, but with Oliver Stone directing, a terrific cast, and a timely storyline that picks up where the original left off, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps should be better.

Movie Info

Ambitious young investment banker Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that greed is still the name of the game when he forges a fragile alliance with onetime Wall Street hotshot Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) shortly after Gekko is released from prison. Having served eight years for securities fraud, money laundering, and racketeering, Gekko emerges from prison to find that his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), prefers to remain estranged, and that his former Wall Street cohorts are still raking in the cash. Flash-forward to 2008, and Winnie is dating a proprietary trader named Jake Moore (LaBeouf), who expresses a passion for green energy while working for his mentor Louis Zabel (Frank Langella), of Keller Zabel Investments. Despite heading up one of the most prominent investment firms in the country, Louis Zabel is forced to personally fight for the future of Keller Zabel before the Federal Reserve after the company's stock takes a hit due to persistent rumors that it's being dragged down by debt. Denied a bailout from the government, Keller Zabel soon falls victim to a hostile takeover lead by powerful investment bank partner Bretton James (Josh Brolin), of Churchill Schwartz. His job on the line and his mentor out of the picture, Jake discovers that Gordon Gekko is out promoting his new book "Is Greed Good?" and decides to attend a lecture being given by the author at Fordham University. According to Gekko, greed is now sanctioned by the government, and the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse as a direct result of leveraged debt and wild conjecture. When Jake goes behind Winnie's back to try and repair her relationship with her father, Gekko reveals his compelling theories on the likely reasons for Zabel's downfall. Later, as Jake begins plotting to avenge his mentor, Gekko starts to reveal his true colors. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2010
Box Office: $52.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Shia LaBeouf
as Jake Moore
Michael Douglas
as Gordon Gekko
Carey Mulligan
as Winnie Gekko
Josh Brolin
as Bretton James
Eli Wallach
as Julie Stenhardt
Susan Sarandon
as Jake's Mother
Frank Langella
as Louis Zabel
Austin Pendleton
as Dr. Masters
Jason Clarke
as New York Fed Chief
Christian Baha
as Hedge Fund Chief
Maria Bartiromo
as News Host
Waltrudis Buck
as Zabel's Secretary
Alice Burla
as 13 Year Old Pianist
John Bedford Lloyd
as Treasury Secretary
Anthony Cochrane
as Shoe Salesman, Lond...
Frank Cornei
as Gekko's Landlord
Michael Genet
as James' Butler
Limor Hakim
as Rumor Spreading Exec...
Edward Henzel
as Rumor Spreading Exec...
Sondra James
as Lady at Book Signing
Harry Kerrigan
as Prison Guard
Nan Lu
as Chinese Executive
Tom Mardirosian
as District Attorney
Sylvia Miles
as Realtor
Manu Narayan
as Quant Analyst
Annie McEnroe
as Woman at Birthday
Eric Purcell
as Jeweler
Dieter Riesle
as Swiss Bank Official
Nouriel Roubini
as Economist on TV
Oliver Stone
as Investor
Richard Stratton
as Prison Cage Guard
Faye Wattleton
as Professor at Fordham
Catherine Wolf
as Zabel's Wife
Thomas Belesis
as Zabel Trader
Darin Guerrasio
as Zabel Trader
Greg Hildreth
as Zabel Trader
Madison Mason
as Bank President
Michael Cumpsty
as Churchill Schwartz P...
Natalie Morales
as Churchill Schwartz T...
Jean Pigozzi
as Churchill Schwartz P...
Olaf Rogge
as Churchill Schwartz T...
Carrie Lee
as Reuters Reporter
Rhonda Schaffler
as Reuters Reporter
Eloise Dejoria
as Woman #1 at Party
Coralie C. Paul
as Woman #2 at Party
Sean Stone
as Hedge Fund Trader #1
Peter Antico
as Hedge Fund Trader #2
Mark Gray
as Hedge Fund Trader #3
Richard Crawford
as London Barber
Paul Grunert
as London Barber
Ron Insana
as TV Analyst
Roy Insana
as TV Analyst
Andrew Serwer
as TV Analyst
Anthony Scaramucci
as Panelist on TV
Ali Velshi
as Panelist on TV
Jim Cramer
as Newscaster
Sue Herera
as Newscaster
Larry Kudlow
as Newscaster
Becky Quick
as Newscaster
David Faber
as Newscaster
Carl Quintanilla
as Newscaster
Ed Bergtold
as Trader at Urinal
Kevin Keels
as Trader at Urinal
Ben Nisman
as Trader at Urinal
Tim Wilson
as Trader at Urinal
Laura Dawn
as Winnie's Office Co-W...
Mike DiGiacinto
as Trader at Urinal
Amber Dixon Brenner
as Winnie's Office Co-W...
Curzon Dobell
as London Tailor
Leonard Logsdail
as London Tailor
James Chanos
as Himself
Sunil Hirani
as Himself
Joe Kernan
as Himself
Annie McEnroe Pressm...
as Woman at Birthday
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News & Interviews for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Critic Reviews for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

All Critics (222) | Top Critics (46)

The old Gordon Gekko would have torn this movie apart with his gleaming teeth, while today?s Gekko seems content just to nibble on the edges.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Top Critic

Lazy directing on the behalf of Oliver Stone, the miscasting of Shia LaBeouf and an often incomprehensible plot turn this film into a total mess.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

The bottom line on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is that it is sprinkled with inspired scenes, but is never able to fully engage the viewer because of its meandering and unfocused storylines.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

As a comment on the recession it's a spineless failure, but as a piece of entertaining fluff it does its job well.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
The Baltic Times

Maybe Stone's growth as a filmmaker mirrors that of Gordon's as a person; having had time to calm down a bit over the years, he seems to have settled into a more relaxed state.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
IGN Movies AU

In the midst of all the incomprehensible money-babble, there are still pit stops of entertainment.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Another fascinating film about the endurance of the money game and the pleasure for some to be in the speculation battle, with Douglas again in an amazing performance as the greedy shark Gordon Gekko and a dialogue still sharp in this compelling story whose sole misstep is a weak, unnecessary conflict in the final act.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 film Wall Street. I quite enjoyed the original, and I thought it was a surprising effort from Oliver Stone. With this follow-up, He crafts a decent film that could have been much better, and in the end, it leaves a lot to be desired. This sequel is somewhat entertaining, but it could have been much better. Luckily for Stone, he assembles a colorful cast of actors that keeps this so-so sequel afloat. The film had so much potential in being so much more, but it ends up falling flat. As a whole, it's decent, but it lacks the power of the original. Michael Douglas is very good here as usual, and his screen presence is really what kept me involved in the film. Wall Street Money Never Sleeps is not a good sequel, but it is somewhat entertaining, just don't expect anything truly remarkable. Oliver Stone seems to navigate sketchy territory with this one, and it feels like he is trying too hard at outdoing his original film. The idea of creating a sequel to Wall Street was interesting, but the end result is somewhat lacking even though it's entertaining to some degree. I still think it could have been better, and the film's potential is there, but is underdeveloped. Michael Douglas is the best part about the film, however Shia LaBeouf lacks in screen presence and he's not convincing in his performance. Oliver Stone focuses his sequel on the recent Crash, but he doesn't elaborate on it, considering that it's one of the key aspects of the time where the story is set. Fans of the first may be disappointed with this one and with good reason. This is a decent film, and nothing more. The plot could have been rewritten and more detailed, but it just fails to truly be entertaining and interesting in the long run.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Shia is only thing that makes it interesting.

Scott Green

Super Reviewer

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Quotes

Gordon Gekko: You know, Winn, um... human beings, uhh, we got to give them a break. We're all mixed bags.
– Submitted by M L (2 years ago)
Louis Zabel: Good day, I'm okay, bad day, I'm okay. Quit bugging me about my feelings. They're irrelevant.
– Submitted by Joel C (3 years ago)
Gordon Gekko: Money is a bitch that never sleeps.
– Submitted by Edgardo A (4 years ago)
Gordon Gekko: The mother of all evil is speculation.
– Submitted by Sidney L (4 years ago)

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