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Boiler Room Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 26, 2014
Stars a host of actors that have offered so much better in past and future films...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Good but mature movie. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Almost liked this one about greedy, young stockbrokers working for an illegal firm, but hated the ending so much it derailed the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2007
...bad films are common enough that it's probably worth making distinctions between the unwatchable and the guilty pleasure.
Full Review| Original Score: 80/100
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
A skillful and convincing rise-and-fall story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 3, 2007
A confident movie that tackles a worthwhile topic with insight and conviction.
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 13, 2006
I'm sold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Ribisi does a fine job opposite a typically goofy Jaime Kennedy, a typically sociopathic Scott Cann, and a surprisingly likeable Vin Diesel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Affleck's first scene is obviously a copy of Alec Baldwin's Oscar worthy cameo from GlenGarry, the only problem being the glaring omission of any acting talent in Affleck's limited repertoire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Vin Diesel steals nearly every scene he is in as Chris, one of the top earners in the firm and the only one who still has a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 18, 2003
An engaging actors' showcase wrapped around a warm and fuzzy morality play. Entertaining and fast-paced but ultimately not wound quite tightly enough to be the thriller it would like to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Boiler Room is a new kind of triumph: never has a film been so successfully derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Ribisi is magnificent as a wide-eyed innocent who transitions into a slick veteran pitchman.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Ben Younger, who not only wrote and directed this film, but plays a minor part as one of the traders, has crafted an intense thriller about this often risky business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Although Boiler Room occasionally feels more like a 60 Minutes expose than a movie, it adds up to a highly watchable, entertaining (though extremely profane) cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Boiler Room grips you early, with its fascinating insights and Younger's appropriation of hip hop music and his snappy, jump-cut-y visual style, and it hardly ever let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 21, 2002
Perhaps in an attempt to ape David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," Younger's script is proudly profane and goes out of its way to make almost all the major characters thoroughly unpleasant. But Mamet's work had real bite and fire...
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Boiler Room's greatest strength is its energy level. Every scene clips along at the pace and energy level of the world in which it's set.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
To put the movie in sales terms, after a good opening pitch, Younger fails to close the deal. The audience can't buy in.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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