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The Big Short (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.

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Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which centers on the housing a credit bubble of the 2000s. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Christian Bale
as Michael Burry
Steve Carell
as Mark Baum
Ryan Gosling
as Jared Vennett
Brad Pitt
as Ben Rickert
Marisa Tomei
as Cynthia Baum
Melissa Leo
as Georgia Hale
Finn Wittrock
as Jamie Shipley
Max Greenfield
as Mortgage Broker
Rafe Spall
as Danny Moses
Hamish Linklater
as Porter Collins
John Magaro
as Charlie Geller
Byron Mann
as Wing Chau
Al Sapienza
as Dan Detone
Brandon Stacy
as Burry's Dad
Jeremy Strong
as Vinny Daniel
Sara Finley
as Caesar's Palace Pool Girl
Tracy Letts
as Lawrence Fields
Lindsay Musil
as Attractive Manhattan Professional
Ruby Lou Smith
as Sales Manager
Shona Gastian
as Goldman Sachs Executive
Garrett Hines
as Deutsche Bank Rep Randall
Adepero Oduye
as Kathy Tao
Dave Davis
as Burry's Assistant - Lewis
Shauna Rappold
as Michael Burry's Mom
Aiden Flowers
as 11-Year-Old Michael Burry
Carrie Lazar
as Mark's Mom
Nicole Barré
as Woman at Party
Billy Slaughter
as Younger Agent
Wayne Pére
as Martin Blaine
Mark Falvo
as Journalist
Jae Suh Park
as Michael Burry's Wife
Juliet Reeves
as Front Point Receptionist
Jeff Caperton
as Wall Street Journal Reporter
Tony Bentley
as Bruce Miller the Bull
Hunter Burke
as Young Analyst David
Jay Jablonski
as Matt Wright
Jaclyn Bethany
as Casino Patron
Elton LeBlanc
as Convention Delegate/Strip Club Drunk/Blackjack Player
Nazeema Bartek
as Analysis/Silicone Valley Manager/International Traveller
Tracy Mann
as Banker
Paula Shreve
as Lehman Brothers Banker
David Kallaway
as Game Jersey Guy
Erika Vaughn
as Journalist
Tom Buis
as Analyst
Sidney Beitz
as Sound Guy
Mike R. Moreau
as Business Executive
Stanley Wong
as Ted Jiang
Holly Ann Perry
as Cocktail Waitress
Jason Bayle
as Goldman Sachs Rep
Andrea Vittoria Alvarado
as Clothing Boutique Clerk
Kristen Scott
as Cocktail Waitress/Dancer
Tom Bui
as Analyst
Rajeev Jacob
as Deeb Winston
Leslie Castay
as Therapist
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Merrill Lynch Trader
Anthony Marble
as Therapy Businessman #1
Jack Millard
as Lehman Executive
Patrick Kearns
as Casino Security
Darly Wayne
as Crying Lehmann Bros Employee
Jesse Yarborough
as Mortgage Broker
Kelly Lind
as Font Point Receptionist
Ryan Broussard
as Trader in Club
John Neisler
as Seminar Leader #2
Cynthia LeBlanc
as Blackjack Player/Convention Delegate
Oscar Gale
as Tattoo Neck Guy
Elliott Grey
as Lehman Brothers Rep
Peter Epstein
as Paul Baum
Mark Roman
as WAMU Banker at Casino
Christopher Gulas
as Businessman
Michael Rollins
as Analyst/Investment Banker
Jay Potter
as Deutsche Rep
Christina Michelle Williams
as Banker/Airport Passenger
Alicia Davis Johnson
as Bank of America Executive
Staci Roberts Steele
as Seminar Greeter
Richard R. Corapi
as JP Morgan Employee
Colette Divine
as B Of A Lobby Security Guard
Candace McAdams
as Ceasar's Palace Pool Girl
Jamie Gliddon
as Casino Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Big Short

All Critics (277) | Top Critics (48)

McKay cowrote The Big Short's screenplay with Charles Randolph, and they know how to keep an audience engaged, broadcasting this knowledge often, as both parody and indictment.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's funny because it's true. And it's tragic and frightening for the same reason.

Full Review… | December 25, 2015
Globe and Mail
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The Big Short is an angry, fiery movie disguised as a comedy.

Full Review… | December 24, 2015
Miami Herald
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The Big Short manages to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. But its ominous revelations linger long after it's over.

Full Review… | December 23, 2015
Detroit News
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Thanks to Anchorman (2004) auteur Adam McKay's caustic comedy The Big Short, the events of the great economic meltdown of 2008 are beginning to make sense.

Full Review… | December 23, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's an expertly calibrated entertainment, giving the actors room to play and reframing industry jargon as simple, elegant metaphors... And McKay orchestrates it all so deftly that you might not even notice how angry he is - or at least not right away.

December 23, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Big Short

Hedge fund managers conspire to get rich off of the impending 2008 financial crisis. One of the funniest movies of the year just made me mad - as I suspect was its intention. Exposing the inequities in our financial system and the political machine that supports it, The Big Short fully explains CDOs and other derivatives for the common viewer without talking down to them. While at times the film is heavy-handed (the metonym for the regulatory commissions having heavy sunglasses [she's blind, get it?]) and the film's treatment of women is a little archaic (most of the female characters are "helpers"), when this film is on, it's energetic, insightful, and incredibly well-acted. Overall, if you had trouble understanding what happened in 2008 or on the stock market, try having Margot Robbie explain it to you from a bathtub.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

Not as good as Margin Call, but more giddy-enjoyable and quirky with less wooden acting.

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_kelly .King

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Adam McKay does a great job taking a convoluted subject and turning it into a very comprehensible film. All actors do a great job, especially Bale, Carell and Gosling, and the directing is unique with it's cutaways. This film is both funny and fascinating, and while I realize a lot of it is compressed and dramatized, the fact that this is all true (by Hollywood standards, but still this happened to some degree) is stunning.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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