The Big Short Reviews

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.
January 2, 2016
McKay cowrote The Big Short's screenplay with Charles Randolph, and they know how to keep an audience engaged, broadcasting this knowledge often, as both parody and indictment.
December 25, 2015
It's funny because it's true. And it's tragic and frightening for the same reason.
December 24, 2015
The Big Short is an angry, fiery movie disguised as a comedy.
December 23, 2015
The Big Short manages to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. But its ominous revelations linger long after it's over.
December 23, 2015
Thanks to Anchorman (2004) auteur Adam McKay's caustic comedy The Big Short, the events of the great economic meltdown of 2008 are beginning to make sense.
December 23, 2015
It's an expertly calibrated entertainment, giving the actors room to play and reframing industry jargon as simple, elegant metaphors... And McKay orchestrates it all so deftly that you might not even notice how angry he is - or at least not right away.
December 23, 2015
Ultimately, The Big Short should outrage us, once we understand the sheer larceny that went on with other people's money, and which crippled the world economy. En route to that, it entertains us.
December 23, 2015
The Big Short sticks in the throat. You laugh at it only because you can't believe it was this awful -- that people were (and are) this awful. It's the horror movie soundtracked with nervous, incredulous giggles wrung from the rot of the soul.
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.