The Big Short Reviews

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August 30, 2018
The saving grace of The Big Short, and the main reason I truly enjoyed the film despite its narrative hiccups, is the cast.
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.
August 23, 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.
April 30, 2018
The film is subtle on the comedy, relying mostly on the overt ridiculousness of everything that has happened that caused the financial crisis.
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.
December 4, 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.
November 20, 2017
The Big Short is entertaining stuff, even if ultimately it foregoes the human scale contradictions at the heart of the story-especially in Carrel's storyline-for the Big Sermon.
November 5, 2017
It's sly, intelligent, wickedly witty and should be fundamental viewing for the American public.
October 9, 2017
See it, and then dig up a copy of Charles Ferguson's excellent (and Oscar-winning) documentary on the same subject, Inside Job.
September 21, 2017
What makes this acidic dramedy stand out is that it was brutally honest about the whole fiasco and didn't attempt to gloss over any of it.
September 12, 2017
The filmmakers understand how arcane the business of credit-swaps and C.O.D.s can be to the layperson.
September 1, 2017
... it wreaks of self-important pseudo-commentary that is more hollow and garishly humorous than it cares to admit.
August 16, 2017
The Big Short is one of those rare creatures that walks the razor line between blackest comedy and deepest tragedy. It does so with a wink and a nod, but never loses its raging edge.
July 26, 2017
McKay has crafted the definitive movie about the 2008 worldwide economic meltdown that stemmed from the collapse of the American housing bubble - and he's done so with rigorous detail and more than a spoonful of his slapstick sugar.
July 23, 2017
McKay finds entertainingly tongue-in-cheek ways of explaining the intricacies of credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations... and he makes the fact-based plot as gripping as a thriller.
June 26, 2017
The Big Short is a scathing indictment of the culture of greed, shortsightedness, and self-interest that allowed millions of people to lose their jobs and homes.
June 1, 2017
Both a sobering deconstruction of the financial crisis and a surprisingly entertaining film.
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