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Boiler Room Reviews

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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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Last reel is particularly disappointing in its naive philosophy, manifest in Younger's rush to bring the various conflicts to satisfying closure.
January 1, 2000
Writer-director Ben Younger experienced the sales pitch of a boiler room recruiter in real life. His fascination with the thrill-junkie life of these stock jocks is reflected in the script's sharp, arrogant dialogue.
January 1, 2000
During the movie I was wound up with tension and involvement.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Boiler's adrenaline rush film creates an elaborate stock scam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Although the plotting gets a bit predictable toward the end, the script is intelligent and boldly written throughout.
January 1, 2000
It's the first film of the year capable of keeping a grown-up awake.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A compelling movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Younger draws a lot from David Mamet in his depictions of this seller's hothouse, but he does it with a twist: The salesmen here are fully conscious of being Mamet-y; their bible is Alec Baldwin's big, win-at-all-costs speech from...Glengarry Glen Ross.
January 1, 2000
A fast and funny look at a world where 'greed is good' has become the only reality in town.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
The movie draws from the works that preceded it, then takes to the street with a too-cool hip-hop strut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
In moviemaking, as in cold-calling, sometimes conviction is almost enough.
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room is derivative and flawed. But it does throw off a few sparks.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
You won't find a movie that taps more directly into the jugular of the greed-fueled late '90s.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room is a new film that will yank anyone who's ever gotten a cold call from a chop shop.
January 1, 2000
What cooks about Boiler Room are the details, the ways these guys talk to each other and customers.
January 1, 2000
Despite Ribisi's success in giving Seth some sleepy-eyed, slouching charisma, we never really know what makes him tick.
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room reflects the sensibility of the generation it holds up to critical scrutiny, and it's a cunningly ambiguous act of self-portraiture.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Younger has a firmer grasp on the convoluted workings of pop and business (sub) cultures than many of his contemporaries.
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room pays off with emotional dividends well worth the time investment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A shallow script that never gets at the heart or conflict behind the swagger.