Money Monster

Critics Consensus

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 bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

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George Clooney
as Lee Gates
Julia Roberts
as Patty Fenn
Jack O'Connell
as Kyle Budwell
Dominic West
as Walt Camby
Caitriona Balfe
as Diane Lester
Giancarlo Esposito
as Capt. Marcus Powell
Christopher Denham
as Ron Sprecher
Lenny Venito
as Lenny (The Cameraman)
Chris Bauer
as Lt. Nelson
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Avery Goodloe CFO
Greta Lee
as Amy Lee
Aaron Yoo
as Won Joon
James Warden
as Tech Director Jim
Joseph D. Reitman
as Matty (Floor Manager)
Grizz Chapman
as Network Security Guard
Robert C. Kirk
as Security Officer Nolan
Genevieve Adams
as Production Assistant
Daoud Heidami
as Freddy (Previous Host)
Anthony De Sando
as Officer Benson
Iván Martín
as Lt. Vasquez
John Ventimiglia
as A Team Leader
Dominic Colón
as NYPD Detective
Cliff Moylan
as Sgt. O'Donnell
Chad Jennings
as ESU Officer
Brian Edwards
as Police Officer
Jimmy Lee Gary Jr.
as NYPD Officer
Frantzy Orisma
as NYPD Officer
Charlie Thurston
as Ryan (Diane's Assistant)
Patricia Dunnock
as Marta (Secretary)
Michael Sahr Ngaujah
as Yao Appiah COO
Vernon Campbell
as Andre (IBIS Security Guard)
Hyejin Jang
as Female Raver
Makhaola Ndebele
as Moshe Mambo
Daniel K.. Isaac
as Male Raver
Jamar Greene
as Blue Collar Customer
Rob Falcone
as Blue Collar Mechanic
David Healy
as News Anchor
Matt Walton
as An Anchorman
Katie McGee
as Another Anchorman
Jenny Joslin
as Wall Street Bartender
Pun Bandhu
as Yet Another Anchorman
Jake Choi
as Korean News Anchor
Bobby Kruger
as Stockbroker
as Coffee Shop Employee
Nick Boraine
as British Reporter
Jeff Witzke
as TV Reporter
Diomargy Nunez
as College Student
Mizel Faison
as Teenage Boy
Bryan Burton
as Teenage Boys
Frank Pando
as Guy On Street
Rina Mejia
as Lady In Crowd
Katy Grenfell
as Lady Passing By
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Critic Reviews for Money Monster

All Critics (267) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (156) | Rotten (111)

  • 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.

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

    Jun 1, 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…
  • No matter how many times Jack O'Connell waves his gun in the air and threatens to detonate the place with a bomb, you never truly believe anyone's life is in danger.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A bewilderingly facile and preposterously plotted misfire that offers few pleasures as either a star-driven thriller or a big-screen indictment of the forces that devastated global bank accounts.

    May 18, 2016 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    Top Critic

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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