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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 221
Fresh: 121 | Rotten: 100

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.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 15

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.

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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

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Allan Loeb, Stephen Schiff

Dec 21, 2010

$52.5M

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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.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (3)
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This is a pulp novelisation of the banking crisis and its pleas for relevance ring hollow.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
Time Out
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There are times when iconic characters should be left alone to bask in the glory of a single appearance and, unfortunately, that's the case with Gordon Gekko.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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Great to see Douglas back in the role that won him an Oscar. But even when he's offscreen, he's a bigger presence than LaBeouf.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comment (1)
Richard Roeper.com
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Stone used to know in his gut that a sermon belongs in the pulpit, not the multiplex. No more.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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Stone handles the financial stuff quite well.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU
IGN Movies AU

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

There really is a lot to like about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps but ultimately, like the trader's they're chronicling, the filmmakers are unable to resist the impulse to have their cake and eat it too.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Those who see [Gordon Gekko] as an antihero worthy of redemption might find this kinder, gentler Wall Street worth sitting through.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Stone has missed the moment with his belated sequel ... Instead of being ahead of the game, he's now lagging behind [and] he's made a movie that already seems out of date.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A decidedly inferior sequel.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Though the carpe diem theme comes as something of a surprise, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps makes its political points, with 'moral hazard'—the dark side of second chances—the film’s punny refrain.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Maybe "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" doesn't pack the punch of the original because there's no revelation.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

[Oliver] Stone uses a lot of visual effects to give some energy to a very conventional story...

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Lacks the sting of recent documentaries on Wall Street's sanguine hands

December 6, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Gordon Gekko is back, but he's not as powerful a force as he once was.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (2)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

While the film looks as sharp as a three piece pinstripe from Bloomingdales, featuring some nice character-driven moments, its bubble bursts in an ending that feels compromised.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...lest you miss the sledgehammer subtext of Stone's sequel, there are plenty of shots of bubbles blowing through the sky.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Comments (4)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a flashy, timely, and mostly engaging drama, but it's really nothing without Michael Douglas, who drags Gordon Gekko out of the 'Eighties Villains Hall of Fame' for a victory lap.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)
Quickflix

Michael Douglas does what he can.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

A lumbering beast that's stately where it should be nimble. Best stick with the original film.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)

Gekko's resurrection is disappointing. This isn't a savage satire on corrupt business practices. No. It's a relationship drama.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK] | Comments (2)
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Audience Reviews for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

I thought the sequel was refreshingly honest, it acknowledged the fact that the first film is seen as a classic by the very people it exposes at least. I don't like Shia LaBeouf or Carey Mulligan much though, their relationship wasn't the best way of exploring the release of Gordon Gekko I didn't think and their performances were only made to look worse thanks to the fact they were surrounded by great actors such as Michael Douglas, Frank Langella, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon and the weird but fantastic Eli Wallach. I think Susan Sarandon's character was probably the most realistic but everything else was a little bit nonsense. I did like the understated Charlie Sheen cameo though but the ending was so nearly brilliant, except it was ruined right at the last minute. Greed is...a bit boring really.
June 25, 2013
SirPant

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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.
January 19, 2013
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Shia is only thing that makes it interesting.
March 24, 2012
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

Brilliant plot that looks at Wall Street traders in the brink of the global banking crisis. A young trader's (Shia) mentor dies and he seeks revenge on the corporations that brought his company down. He teams up with his future father-in-law and disgraced trader Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who is just released from prison, after serving 8 years for insider trading. Great cast - Shia, Michael, Susan, Carey and Josh. Michael who won an Oscar for his original role, still commands your attention on screen as charming and humorous as always. Shia though still young and fresh faced has transformed from his earlier teen roles into a solid and mature performance. Beautiful setting in New York, the playground of the rich and powerful. There's a cameo by Charlie Sheen who was in the original movie.
November 27, 2011
thmtsang
T Tsang

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    1. 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 (3 months ago)
    1. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Gordon Gekko: Money is a bitch that never sleeps.
    – Submitted by Edgardo A (23 months ago)
    1. Gordon Gekko: The mother of all evil is speculation.
    – Submitted by Sidney L (2 years ago)
    1. Lewis Zabel: When you get to be my age you realize that growing old isn't for sissy's.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Jacob Moore: What is the definition of insanity? It's doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. By that standard, most of us are insane. But not on the same time.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
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