The Banker Reviews

April 15, 2020
Ultimately just a solid paint by the numbers [film]. [Full review in Spanish]
March 30, 2020
Banking isn't exactly the sort of subject matter that makes people's ears perk up. Despite its assets, The Banker doesn't do anything to change that.
March 22, 2020
The script might have looked doable on paper, but when put on film it seems inert despite its charismatic stars.
March 21, 2020
Even though The Banker stars A-list actors, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nicholas Hoult, this film about African American bankers in the 1960's is just not on the money.
March 7, 2020
It's a fascinating story... But it is depicted in the most safe, bland, just meh biopic form.
March 6, 2020
Well-acted with fine production values, but too pedestrian, cold and contrived to be truly engrossing, potent and provocative.
March 6, 2020
Considering the promise of the story being told and the level of talent that has come together to bring it to the screen, The Banker" cannot help but feel like a bit of a disappointment.
March 6, 2020
From start to finish, unfortunately, Mackie tends to play Garrett as emotionally buttoned-up as the nice suits he wears.
March 6, 2020
With a fairly sterile story by Brad Kane and a pretty superficial script by writers Niceole R. Levy, Stan Younger and David Lewis Smith, most of the stilted dialogue is bland and cliché.
March 6, 2020
The Banker is like a shell of a movie, with a desperate lack of personality.
March 6, 2020
A relatively unknown story told in a very familiar way.
March 6, 2020
[I]nstead of embedding [the] message into the story and these characters, the filmmakers simply let Bernard have a Big Speech at the end and call it a day.
March 5, 2020
As a result of its poor investments, "The Banker" never achieves the cogent moral velocity it needs to sell this story.
March 5, 2020
Unfortunately, the film is too soft-edged and incurious about the world that forced its story.
March 4, 2020
For a film about the struggles of a black man in America, "The Banker" spends an awful lot of time on a false white front.
March 4, 2020
Relies on tried-and-true, formulaic storytelling beats like training montages, impassioned speeches and, for extended and frustrating periods, focusing on the white guy Garrett and Morris used as their representative in meetings with racist bigwigs.