The Laundromat

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The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it.

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When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world's wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming -- and very well-dressed -- founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Golden Globe nominee Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen's predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world's corrupt financial system.

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Critic Reviews for The Laundromat

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (93)

  • Perhaps a lesser known cast, or a more focussed, personalised story might resonate, but in this glamourous, knotty form the players involved feel more distant than ever.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Like 'The Big Short,' this film blows the lid off of corruption infecting global financial markets, but it also shows the real life consequences of this corruption.

    January 17, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • ...a convoluted narrative structure, thinly written characters and an inability to bring real insight makes THE LAUNDROMAT a repetitive, pedestrian effort.

    January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Ultimately you'll get the most out of The Laundromat if you're a Soderbergh completist, or looking for some slightly dated, mildly bizarre lightweight human drama inviting you to boo and tut at the screen.

    January 8, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Through the story and actions of the cast, you can see actions that were thought to be rational and cost-effective were really irrational and costly.

    December 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film lacks a direction and instead feels like several different stories that don't quite knit together and because of the subject just left me very angry and dissatisfied.

    December 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 10, 2020
    Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh takes on the Panama Papers which detailed how shell corporations were used for illegal purposes, including defrauding innocent people of their money. Soderbergh, always an interesting filmmaker, tells the story through three distinct stories and each connects with the audience to varying degrees. The uneven approach left me unsatisfied.
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