Money Monster

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Money Monster's strong cast and solidly written story ride a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that's powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes.

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Lee Gates is a Wall Street guru who picks hot stocks as host of the television show "Money Monster." Suddenly, during a live broadcast, disgruntled investor Kyle Budwell storms onto the set and takes Gates hostage. He tells Lee that he lost everything on one of his tips. As Gates tries to plead with Kyle, he's also using an earpiece to communicate with his longtime producer in the control room. Together, they must figure out a way to defuse the situation and disarm the angry young man.

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All Critics (279) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (164) | Rotten (115)

  • The yammer and righteousness defeat Clooney and even Julia Roberts, stuck at a console twitching knobs and micromanaging frowns as the producer trying to hold the show together.

    December 30, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It may be Hollywood melodrama but it's top of the range, giving Clooney and Roberts every opportunity to demonstrate the value of star power. And it's refreshing to have a studio picture about anti-heroes rather than super-heroes.

    June 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Money Monster works better as comedy than thriller - but that's not all it wants to be.

    June 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Money Monster is entertaining enough as a thriller. It is also strangely undercharged and lacking in ambition given the talent behind it.

    May 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The frenzied drama has no clear point of view besides its air of celebrity condescension.

    May 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • With all the ranting about a "rigged" financial system, the movie certainly captures the zeitgeist, but it' so overloaded with action-movie tropes and tech-based plot contrivances that it begins to feel a little silly.

    May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Money Monster

  • May 06, 2018
    Very entertaining, sometimes even exciting hostage thriller with a lot of commentaries on the socioeconomic state of the world. Director Jodie Foster can rely on outstanding acting performances and the editing makes for a very engaging film. As it progresses things become a tad more conventional, then again, a very preachy, sarcastic ending wouldn't have worked either. Ultimately, this is pretty satisfying while making you think about the injustice of the world.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2016
    Intense and exciting, Money Monster is a controversial and provocative political thriller. The story follows the host of a financial television show who's held hostage on-air by a disgruntled investor who's intent on holding him accountable for his stock tips and demands answers as to why his top pick crashed. The cast is pretty solid; George Clooney and Julia Roberts in particular give very strong performances. And, the storytelling does a good job at building tension and at developing the mystery of the stock fall. Additionally, there's some rather clever satire about financial entertainment. Still, the plot is fairly predictable (though there are a few twists on some of the usual tropes). Yet, while it may lack in originality, Money Monster is a surprisingly smart and engaging film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2016
    "Money Monster" is preposterous -- yet entertaining in an unsophisticated way. It's hard to view the film as much more than a sop to the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2016
    Nothing special. Clooney basically plays Jim Cramer from Mad Money, Wall Street is evil, blah blah blah. The BIg Short basically did this all so much better and with great acting.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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