The Banker Reviews

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April 2, 2020
"The Banker," now available on Apple TV+, is three movies in one, all of them vivid, engaging, and compelling.
March 30, 2020
It's perfectly suited for home viewing.
March 27, 2020
[T]he film is overlong, but the story is an eye-opener and the central performances are terrific.
March 25, 2020
The Banker is a solidly old-fashioned adaptation of the remarkable true story of some of America's first black bankers.
March 19, 2020
Taken on its own, "The Banker" is a pleasant watch. And who wouldn't benefit from a little Mackie and Jackson banter right now?
March 19, 2020
A potentially great, if safely made, film... ends up as a solid one instead.
March 7, 2020
It's a fascinating story... But it is depicted in the most safe, bland, just meh biopic form.
March 7, 2020
It gets a little weighed down... [But] I admire so much of the early part of the film.
March 6, 2020
Apple has delivered a credible, modestly entertaining entry into the world of prestige film -- but one that won't lose much if written off against the balance sheet of consumers' streaming-TV budgets.
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
A relatively unknown story told in a very familiar way.
March 6, 2020
With its look into 20th-century discrimination that still casts a shadow on communities today, and stellar performances from Mackie and Jackson, The Banker is worth watching with the whole family.
March 5, 2020
Thanks to the three strong performances at its heart - especially that of a wisecracking Samuel L. Jackson (who's also one of the producers) - "The Banker" often is as entertaining as it is enlightening.
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
For good stretches, "The Banker" can be as dryly engineered as a loan application, but the galvanizing story it tells - like a last stand of rebel ingenuity before the Fair Housing Act of 1968 made discrimination unlawful - is a solid interest-earner.
March 5, 2020
Unfortunately, the film is too soft-edged and incurious about the world that forced its story.
March 5, 2020
A crackling good, emotionally satisfying, old-fashioned thriller, with readily identifiable heroes and hiss-worthy villains.
March 4, 2020
The Banker" is the kind of mainstream, old-fashioned movie that gives middlebrow a good name: It may not be a solid-gold slam-dunk, but it delivers on the audience's investment, with minimum risk and modest interest.
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.
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