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The Big Short Reviews

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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
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
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
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
August 31, 2017
... it wreaks of self-important pseudo-commentary that is more hollow and garishly humorous than it cares to admit.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 9, 2016
Viewers thirsty for a lecture on collateralized debt obligations from celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain are in for a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 1, 2016
The film tries to take the socialist political stance of exposing the greed of the big American banks, yet it has such a difficult time taking a measured stance towards its leading characters.
December 7, 2015
Its fourth-wall-breaking wags a finger at the perceived facile nature of celebrity-driven mass culture even as it ultimately condescends to audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2016
A timely and relevant critique of the economic system, however, Mckay's take on it is not executed as well as it could. [Full review in Spanish]
November 13, 2015
McKay fails to transfer Lewis's source material into purely cinematic terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2016
A movie so afraid to overwhelm you that ends up making you dizzy with it's increasingly fast pace. [Full review in Spanish]
January 28, 2016
Solid but at the same impersonal, The Big Short is a film of numbers, statistics, office meetings, talks and predictions. [Full review in Spanish]
December 11, 2015
It's hard to like so much about a film... & yet to feel ultimately a little underwhelmed by it all... I look at all of these individual parts that I liked, & they don't come together to create a finely tuned whole that is greater than the sum.
December 4, 2015
The paint-by-numbers performances from its talented cast, mixed with its random 2000's homage to music videos and famous talking heads, leaves a sour taste for us to stew upon for 130 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 29, 2015
All of the elements are in place for a lacerating satire, but almost every aesthetic choice in the film is bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2015
Yet if the film uses its vulgarity and wit to lacerate a political quagmire and to implicate every facet of a tangled system of private greed and federal ignorance, it fails to turn its sights back onto its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2016
McKay's comic sensibilities are suited to highlighting the many absurdities of this situation, but they don't gel with the film's eventual call for viewers to get outraged at how little has been done to fix the quagmire.
April 8, 2016
So crammed with authentic technospeak about the financial markets, collateralized debt obligations and tranches, you could be forgiven for thinking it's actually smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 16, 2015
Its excellent intentions are only undermined by how boring it really believes its subject matter to be.
December 5, 2015
The Big Short is cluttered and willy-nilly. Most of all, it pulls its punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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