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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Reviews

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Sean Means
Film.com
October 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 6, 2010
This is a pulp novelisation of the banking crisis and its pleas for relevance ring hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 24, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 24, 2010
Stone used to know in his gut that a sermon belongs in the pulpit, not the multiplex. No more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 24, 2010
Stone handles the financial stuff quite well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 24, 2010
Money Never Sleeps doesn't get inside the sociopathology of the money culture. In a sense, it is a product, an expression, of that culture. Maybe that's why it's so disagreeably agreeable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 24, 2010
[A]gainst all probability, 'Money Never Sleeps' is a watchable enough movie for its first hour or so.... But as the financial bubble pops, so too does the cinematic one.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 24, 2010
The story of Jake, Winnie and Gordon makes us wonder if there is any other bedtime story so lulling, so disarming, as moviedom's falsely wrought "happily ever after."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
The New Republic
September 24, 2010
In a perverse but amusing way, Money Never Sleeps sometimes seems like film noir for CNBC junkies.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2010
Some welcome skulduggery ensues, but the movie's ultimate agenda of rehabilitating a classic bad guy is a big disappointment.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 24, 2010
... it's Douglas who makes Stone's sequel worth a watch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2010
Saddled with this hollow script, Stone pads with elaborate set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 24, 2010
This movie is by turns brilliant and dumb, naive and wise, nowhere near good enough and something close to great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
September 24, 2010
Subtlety has never been Stone's strong suit, but few filmmakers pick at our rawest societal scabs with quite as much brio and determination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2010
It's a wholly successful sequel -- audacious, entertaining and bracingly pertinent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
September 24, 2010
Stone and the script shortchange the characters, forcing them to do things that seem phony and having them recite lines that sound stilted and overly didactic.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 24, 2010
I liked Gordon Gekko better before he turned into Paul Krugman, but in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps he is still at his core a seductive high priest of the money-changers' temples.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2010
Stone has a knack for pacing, detail and atmosphere that manages to feel authentic and fancifully allegorical at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 23, 2010
The story certainly holds your attention, but it's a dramatic bubble about a financial bubble.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 23, 2010
If you're not looking for anything particularly profound, it's entertaining, thanks to the zest of the cast and the stylish look of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
September 23, 2010
Douglas gives Money Never Sleeps what it needs most: a defiant face to the corruption. Greed may be good, but Douglas is better.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 23, 2010
Stone's new film expresses a more personal, intimate sense of moral hazard, which more broadly indicates the possibility that one or more parties to a contract may lie, cheat, steal or otherwise behave badly.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 23, 2010
Moving as fast and recklessly as a trillion-dollar fat-finger stock-market transaction, the film has the drive, luxe and sarcastic wit of the snazziest Hollywood movies for most of its two-hours-plus running time.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2010
Everyone involved with Oliver Stone's sterling sequel to his '87 classic brings their A-game.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 23, 2010
The movie provides entertainment and catharsis in lavish dollops.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2010
The film has more moving parts than a pricey Rolex, and they are not all in sync.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 23, 2010
Eventually, Stone allows the squishy love story between Jacob and Winnie to take center stage. It's a mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 23, 2010
Gekko's still a wolf in wolf's clothing. The question is: How big is his hunger?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 23, 2010
Money Never Sleeps is diverting enough. But as a cautionary tale of personal and business ethics, the film has all the urgency of snail mail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 23, 2010
The film's lack of focus is almost criminal, but schadenfreude energizes Stone. Everyone here is dancing on a bubble, and no one has the guts to admit the bubble is about to pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 23, 2010
The first time around, Wall Street felt like a warning about the perils of excess just as excess started to exact its toll. This one's little more than a reminder that we all got, and remain, screwed. Noted.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 23, 2010
The rare sequel that feels not only relevant but necessary.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 23, 2010
[It] has its satisfactions, thanks mainly to a cast skillful enough to finesse what is effectively two films sharing the same screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 23, 2010
It's an entertaining story about ambition, romance and predatory trading practices, but it seems more fascinated than angry. Is Stone suggesting this new reality has become embedded, and we're stuck with it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2010
Stone is a great technical director, and he uses his skill to excellent effect here. He loads the screen with information - montages of cable-news reports, stock listings, more, more, more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 22, 2010
Stone loves to throw himself into the macho bloodiness of a cinematic fray. That's his strength. But here he also wants to murmur a trite and pious lullaby about how children-are-our-real-wealth, la la la.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 22, 2010
Money Never Sleeps is never boring, even as its plot descends into cheap melodrama and the script runs out of banter about the "the NINJA generation -- no income, no job, no assets."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 22, 2010
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a movie only a hedge fund manager could love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2010
The undeniably polished and professional work of a once-iconoclastic filmmaker who appears to be mellowing with age. I liked him better when he was ruthless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 22, 2010
Douglas is having a ball in his signature role, and Stone gets many of the details right. Yet the movie, lazy to begin with, slackens once all the daddy issues come into play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 21, 2010
[An] unwieldy mixed bag.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 20, 2010
As with many recent Stone projects, it's hard to tell what the focus is supposed to be.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 27, 2010
For those interested in bubbles and the speed at which a few dedicated souls can cripple an economy, there's much to admire here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 17, 2010
After his attempts to branch out slightly with World Trade Center and W., Money Never Sleeps finds Stone at ease in a way he hasn't been in years.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2010
One of the better sequels in a long time.