The Big Short Reviews

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December 23, 2015
The humor of The Big Short is subprime, fourth-wall-breaking irony getting tiresome quickly. The crash was funnier.
December 22, 2015
A testament to the perils of facile digital editing.
December 17, 2015
Maybe if this was balanced with a personal story that one of the characters was going through, I would have taken the spoon-fed lesson. But we know the outcome in advance.
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.
December 16, 2015
Its excellent intentions are only undermined by how boring it really believes its subject matter to be.
December 14, 2015
Jumping back and forth among so many characters makes this important film very hard to follow.
December 14, 2015
Dry, if painstakingly-detailed, account of how four of the proverbial smartest guys in the room accurately predicted the global financial collapse of 2008.
December 11, 2015
After breezing along for more than half of its running time, the film takes a turn for the tone-deaf and wrong-footed, never worse than when expressing fraudulent concern for "common people."
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 11, 2015
All credit to McKay for making a movie about a crucial moment in our history, but it all still remains a little dull and slightly impenetrable.
December 10, 2015
McKay's choices keep clashing into one another: He badly wants the film to be another "The Wolf of Wall Street," but, having directed the "Anchorman" movies and being a political activist, he is equally keen to be taken seriously.
December 10, 2015
With energetic pacing and zippy dialogue, "The Big Short" (written by McKay and Charles Randolph) is often entertaining - a screwball comedy with an angry streak. If only the film could sustain that tone.
December 8, 2015
McKay's bumptious movie awkwardly combines fourth-wall-breaking gimmickry and flaccid indignation with the goofball energy that defines his comedies.
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.
December 5, 2015
The Big Short is cluttered and willy-nilly. Most of all, it pulls its punches.
December 4, 2015
both the behavior of the characters and the viewer responses sought are so repetitive and unchanging that it all becomes wearisome well before the far overlong feature wraps up.
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.
November 13, 2015
McKay fails to transfer Lewis's source material into purely cinematic terms.
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