The Big Short Reviews

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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.
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.
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
January 26, 2018
It's about as entertaining as listening to a comedian do a stand-up routine on predatory lending.
September 1, 2017
... it wreaks of self-important pseudo-commentary that is more hollow and garishly humorous than it cares to admit.
May 29, 2016
If spectators felt they did not grasp what happened with banks, stocks, and mortgages to crash the world economy, 'The Big Short' will leave them only deeper in debt and doubt.
April 9, 2016
Viewers thirsty for a lecture on collateralized debt obligations from celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain are in for a treat.
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.
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.
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]
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.
January 22, 2016
The knowing, boisterous humour comes off as irredeemably smug and the A-list cast can't disguise the fact that they are portraying points of view, rather than characters.
January 21, 2016
I came to The Big Short in a state of anticipation, only to be baffled at how smug, laborious and self-important it is, trying to combine Gordon Gekko sexiness with anti-banker correctness ...
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]
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 8, 2016's finally impossible not to wonder just what drew McKay to such dry, unapproachable subject matter.
December 29, 2015
All of the elements are in place for a lacerating satire, but almost every aesthetic choice in the film is bad.
December 23, 2015
A film that winds up collapsing Marx's dictum to repeat recent history as tragedy and farce in one busy, bouncy ball. The effect is distracting, aggressive and, finally, psychically numbing.
December 23, 2015
McKay aims for the impossible, taking on the most "eat your veggies" story of the film year. He almost pulls it off too, as "The Big Short" has a funny way of being completely illuminating between suffocating stretches of exposition and overacting.
December 23, 2015
Less a movie than a Technicolor op-ed on the housing crisis.
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