Boiler Room Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
January 1, 2000
Boiler Room is derivative and flawed. But it does throw off a few sparks.
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
Boiler Room is a new film that will yank anyone who's ever gotten a cold call from a chop shop.
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.
December 19, 2018
First-time filmmaker Ben Younger does a nice job of initially establishing the central character and the raucous office in which much of the story transpires...
November 27, 2017
It's Ribisi who makes the film.
February 26, 2014
Stars a host of actors that have offered so much better in past and future films...
December 22, 2010
Good but mature movie. Not for kids.
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.
October 29, 2007
...bad films are common enough that it's probably worth making distinctions between the unwatchable and the guilty pleasure.
July 23, 2007
A skillful and convincing rise-and-fall story.
January 3, 2007
A confident movie that tackles a worthwhile topic with insight and conviction.
January 13, 2006
I'm sold.
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.
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.
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.
January 21, 2004
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.
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