The Laundromat

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 43

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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 (43) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (23)

  • With the exception of one inspired passage involving a family negotiating an uncomfortable secret, the vignettes don't hold much individual interest.

    Sep 15, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • Burns and Soderbergh never quite cracked The Laundromat, even if there are individual elements here to admire.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Laundromat is more like the zippy comedy of The Informant!, but with Meryl Streep subbed in for Matt Damon.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This scrappy, episodic movie ends with Streep stripping off her disguise to harangue us on what it means that democracy's checks and balances have failed so badly. But then this whole film is an indignant lecture.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The topic deserves a more substantial, more searching film than this jeu d'esprit - and Oldman and Banderas definitely deserve to be in that film.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Laundromat may be blunt, and the humor hit-or-miss - but it swings wildly at a worthy target, and eventually hits its mark.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic

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