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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Reviews

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Lazy directing on the behalf of Oliver Stone, the miscasting of Shia LaBeouf and an often incomprehensible plot turn this film into a total mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
The bottom line on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is that it is sprinkled with inspired scenes, but is never able to fully engage the viewer because of its meandering and unfocused storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 24, 2010
It starts out as a big-stakes film attempting a grand statement about the rift lines in the machine of American capitalism. It ends up going small-time, as a miserly story about people we do not understand behaving in ways we don't believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 23, 2010
This return to the financial world's most famous address is a bit like talking to a bad financial adviser - mostly boring, overly complicated, and in the end you feel a little ripped off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
September 30, 2010
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a potent critique of American corporate culture in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. But as a human story, it falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 10, 2010
This could have been a gritty, realistic drama but the writers have gone with a safer, more commercial option. The unsatisfying ending is proof of that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 24, 2010
The kind of pointed critique of the American financial system this film might have made ends up without teeth, while the troubled personal relationships at its core are steered, without reason, towards an inexplicably treacly Hollywood ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.9/10
Glenn Dunks
September 20, 2010
Unfortunately, whether Stone admits it or not, the 1987 original is not a good movie -- Michael Douglas' iconic Oscar-winning performance notwithstanding -- and this sequel, timely as it is, suffers from similar issues.
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
October 7, 2010
Overweening showman that he is, Stone tries to give the financial mess a dramatic arc. But the sequel tries to do too many things, and a lot of them just aren?t that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
...lest you miss the sledgehammer subtext of Stone's sequel, there are plenty of shots of bubbles blowing through the sky.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
September 24, 2010
It should be an electrifying tale of love and loss set against the turbulent economic crash of 2008, but instead there's a whole lot of smoke without real fire, and while it's entertaining enough, you'll undoubtedly still leave the cinema disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2010
This was an impressive undertaking that took on too much to be truly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 23, 2010
The story certainly holds your attention, but it's a dramatic bubble about a financial bubble.
Simon Foster
September 22, 2010
By making Wall Street Money Never Sleeps a nice romance/patriarchal drama set against the bulls-&-bears world of high-finance, Stone has let the GFC off far too lightly and largely ignored the legacy of Gordon Gekko.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
October 11, 2010
There is nostalgia value in revisiting the character but, unfortunately, the picture plays like a faint echo of the original, inferior in every way. Greed just ain't good anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 1, 2010
Oliver Stone waited 23 years to make the sequel to his landmark social drama about unbridled avarice, Wall Street. Why?
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
October 1, 2010
In hindsight, Stone should have left Gekko behind bars, a casualty of his own hubris and shark-like appetites, but here he is, back on the New York streets he once owned, in 'Money Never Sleeps.' And to what end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
December 6, 2010
Lacks the sting of recent documentaries on Wall Street's sanguine hands
Clay Cane
September 24, 2010
Not enough Gordan Gekko! 'Money Never Sleeps' is like watching two hours straight of CNBC, which is great if that is your channel of choice, but not a triumph for a feature-length film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 13, 2010
A lumbering beast that's stately where it should be nimble. Best stick with the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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