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Boiler Room (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Its ending is disappointingly tidy, but Boiler Room boasts just enough sharp writing and brisk pacing to make getting there worthwhile.

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In this drama that explores greed and corruption in American business, Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, an intelligent and ambitious college dropout who runs a casino in his apartment. Eager to show his father that he can succeed, Seth lands a job with a small stock brokerage firm. He is given a space in the company's "boiler room," where he makes cold calls to prospective clients. As it turns out, Seth has a genuine talent for cold calling, which gains him the approval of his superiors, the admiration of his father, and the attentions of one of his co-workers, Abby Hilliard (Nia Long). However, the higher up the ladder Seth rises, the deeper he sinks into a quagmire of dirty dealings, until he's breaking the law in order to keep his bosses happy and his paychecks coming. The Boiler Room also features Tom Everett Scott, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, Nicky Katt, and Ben Affleck in a cameo as the headhunter who brings Seth into the firm. Ribisi and Scott also appeared together in That Thing You Do; Ribisi was the drummer replaced by Scott, who then led The One-Ders to fictional pop stardom.

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Cast

Ben Affleck
as Jim Young
Ron Rifkin
as Marty Davis
Scott Caan
as Richie
Bill Nichols
as Agent Drew
Taylor Nichols
as Harry Reynard
John Griesemer
as Concierge
Donna Mitchell
as Seth's Mother
Peter Maloney
as Dr. Jacobs
Will McCormack
as Mike the Casino Patron
Jared Ryan
as Casino Steve
Carlo Vogel
as Rude Kid
Matthew Saldivar
as Series Seven Kid
Serge Skliarenko
as Croatian Broker
Joe Prelow
as JP Broker
Marjorie Johnson
as Abby's Mother
Peter Rini
as JP Broker
Raymond Pirkle
as JP Broker
Bill Sage
as Agent Drew
Joe Pretlow
as JP Broker
Lori Yoffe
as Secretary
Matthew Saldivan
as Series Seven Kid
Alex Webb
as FBI Director
Gillian Sacco
as Waitress at Mickey's
Mark Moshe Bellows
as John Fineman
Daniel Sauli
as Broker Steve
Lucinda Faraldo
as Trendy Hostess
Neal Lerner
as Gay Man
Taylor Patterson
as Sara Reynard
Michael McCarthy
as Max Reynard
Judy del Guidice
as Office Woman
Siobhan Fallon
as Harry's Supervisor
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Critic Reviews for Boiler Room

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (22)

Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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To put the movie in sales terms, after a good opening pitch, Younger fails to close the deal. The audience can't buy in.

March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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A shallow script that never gets at the heart or conflict behind the swagger.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
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Last reel is particularly disappointing in its naive philosophy, manifest in Younger's rush to bring the various conflicts to satisfying closure.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Variety
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Despite Ribisi's success in giving Seth some sleepy-eyed, slouching charisma, we never really know what makes him tick.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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The movie draws from the works that preceded it, then takes to the street with a too-cool hip-hop strut.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Boiler Room

½

Good screenplay and good actings.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Illegal stock trading, Gekko style, reheated with a young cast. Noteworthy performances by Ribisi, Long, Affleck and Rifkin carry a rough script and direction that favors lots of jump cuts.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

fun B-movie material

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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