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January 16, 2014
"Hank" Paulson, o gajo mais neca à face da terra....
November 26, 2013
At times confusing, this nevertheless engrossing docudrama sheds some light on the economic collapse of 2008 & the resultant federal bailout of the banking system.
November 16, 2013
Seems a little bit overly dramatized, but it does portray the story pretty well and gives an idea of the chaos that was occurring preceding the onset of the 2008 financial crisis
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
October 26, 2013
It is 2008 and the stock price of Lehman Brothers is falling and CEO Richard Fuld(James Woods) is badly in need of cash and a sugar daddy. However, he rejects Warren Buffett's(Ed Asner) offer of $40 a share as an insult to his pride and his manhood. And then instantly regrets having done so because the stock price keeps falling, and a deal with a Korean consortium falls through. Just to add insult to bankruptcy, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson(William Hurt) says there will be no government bailout this time, so Fuld had better work out something with all the other banks.

"Too Big to Fail" is certainly a mixed bag. It gets off to a bad start, as it seems like we've walked into a movie that has already started.(Instead of the archival news footage during the credits, the movie should have instead gone with a Star Wars like scroll: "The empire's finances were beginning to crumble and Karl Marx was laughing in his grave.") And that's not to mention a pedestrian approach to the material and waiting until most of the way through before a discussion of the key issues. However, once it gets going, the movie takes on the form of a suspenseful political thriller at times. And it works having Paulson being the focal point of the movie as Hurt is very good in the role and it helps to have one center of attention with so many characters in play. On the other hand, Paulson, here does seem a little too good to be true, holding firm with sage advice from Ben Bernanke(Paul Giamatti, who almost steals the movie with only a bowl of oatmeal) and Timothy Geithner(Billy Crudup) and assistance from Paulson's Angels(Cynthia Nixon, Topher Grace, Ayad Akhtar & Joey Plotnick).
September 13, 2013
Very compelling look into the great crash of 2008 and how we got there. Decades of government deregulation set up the system to consume itself and collapse. It happened before....it'll happen again.
½ August 8, 2013
Very good acting and interesting real life dramatization of how the stock market collapsed in 2008.
½ May 27, 2013
A great story without an angle.
April 19, 2013
Curtis Hanson's razor-cut clean direction alongside an amazing cast sets new standard for TV films.
April 12, 2013
Nada mas cercano a la realidad; ah perdón si te puedes llegar a molestar con la verdad incomoda, mejor NO la veas.
February 27, 2013
It's a decent, not-great TV movie. The cast is solid but the script is pretty lazy. Taken in a disinterested macro view, the movie is just a bunch of scenes of suits on cell phones and in board rooms telling each other things are worse than they said last time, and begging people to give other people money. Unlike, say, a documentary of the financial crisis, you don't get much in the way of a technical explanation and the actual problem is discussed very superficially. You do feel for Paulson as he is just bombarded by a demented whack-a-mole game that just keeps getting more and more nightmarish with each hit of the mallet. This company is short 15 billion. Wow, that sucks. Actually 70 billion. Actually 180 billion. Actually 780 billion. Actually all of them and it's going to be worse than the Great Depression. You wonder where was the help for Paulson from the administration, you wonder how nobody in congress even knew what was going on, you wonder why they deal with every problem in an ungodly informal arrangement between chums. But most of the characters outside of Paulson are just stock, type cast, and mailed-in performances, and there isn't that much of a dramatic arc except the arc of history, which is a tension build and a resolution. That's fine with me but not with a lot of people.That the characters do not change is a criticism a script analyst would give of this movie. It deals with present day figures so the acting looks bad throughout with the exception of Hurt as Paulson. All in all, if you were only marginally interested in watching this movie as entertainment and you don't care about the financial crisis, you shouldn't watch this movie. And you might not appreciate it much if you are an expert on the financial crisis. This movie really appeals only to the people in between those two groups.
Super Reviewer
February 11, 2013
If someone wants to take a shortcut instead of reading the whole book, then this movie is a must watch.
February 9, 2013
Great film detailing the 2008 Wall Street financial crisis and the decision by the U.S. government to bail out the major banks.
January 26, 2013
I know this is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. Even watched on iPad. If you are not interested in the market and $$$ then this is probably not for you...
January 17, 2013
good period pic Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
½ January 12, 2013
Enjoyed it immensely. I do think HBO documentaries romanticize certain figures to the point of inaccuracy. Saw it in game change too.
January 6, 2013
Excellence in every aspect; casting, acting, production, script & dialogue, story-boarding. Rich characters portrayed with punch and story driven in high gear.

I wouldn't have thought it possible to make finance exciting, but if you have an interest in finance or the story focus, you'd be cheating your self to miss it.
December 6, 2012
How I wish that it is just a work of fiction.
November 24, 2012
Good behind the scenes look at the big crunch
½ October 14, 2012
Real to paper to reel .....great depiction of human behaviour during the credit crisis..
September 25, 2012
Classic, it's like goodfellas in 2008
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