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The Big Short Reviews

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May 7, 2019
Many will find The Big Short a brilliant, intelligent, pointedly funny film
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 9, 2019
The Big Short could have been a subtle, restrained procedural drama. Instead, it's a confused clusterfuck of cinematic tropes piled atop a good yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2019
[It] is an oftentimes perplexing yet scathing indictment of the banking and financial industry; made entertaining thanks to its stellar cast.
February 13, 2019
The direction is fantastic and dynamic and the story truly entertains while it informs. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 23, 2019
Ingloriously funny, fiery and frightening, The Big Short is no small feat.
January 16, 2019
A crisp examination of big-bank greed that is both darkly comic and frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 9, 2019
Is this film supposed to be funny? Dramatic? Condemning? Satirical? Heartbreaking? A documentary? Oscar-bait? It aims to be all of the above, which makes it ultimately feel inert and draining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 7, 2018
[Adam McKay's] comedic instincts serve him very well here, keeping what could be a very dry subject always feeling wry and engaging, while the facts in turn provide structure and substance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 1, 2018
It tries to be visually innovative but just feels technically inept, tries to be funny but just feels too forced, and in the final act, demands we get angry about a narrative it hasn't given any reason for us to get invested in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2018
McKay understands that often the best way to explain a bad situation is to mock it, and by doing so has created an entertaining satire that doesn't avoid the hard truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 31, 2018
Probably the biggest mistake McKay makes is in trying too hard to play into the material: he mistakes shaky camera moves and quick cuts for authenticity and a cerebral quality
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2018
McKay takes his gift for comedy and weaves it into drama like a rich tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
August 29, 2018
The saving grace of The Big Short, and the main reason I truly enjoyed the film despite its narrative hiccups, is the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 27, 2018
Dizzying, biting, full of great performances.
August 27, 2018
At times the film plays out like a disaster movie. You know it's coming and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2018
Hollywood has made a very good movie about the years leading up to the crash.
August 22, 2018
Superb acting, superior writing and skillful direction create a film that is informative, insightful and thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 30, 2018
This disrespect is what makes The Big Short so satisfying. It jeers at and burlesques Wall Street for letting the crash happen, using Michael Lewis's book to show there were people who knew it was going to happen
January 26, 2018
It's about as entertaining as listening to a comedian do a stand-up routine on predatory lending.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 3, 2017
Adam McKay has upped his social commentary game from Anchorman into something even more aggressively poignant, this time something that needs to be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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