The Big Short Reviews

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September 5, 2019
Smart, funny, scary, ingeniously populated and a rollicking good time, The Big Short was such a left-field bolt from the blue and an enormously entertaining few hours in the cinema.
August 8, 2019
Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt lead an ensemble cast firing on all cylinders.
July 20, 2019
Teems with self-awareness about the complexity of Wall Street while using that opportunity to inject dark humor into what's otherwise a frighteningly bleak reality.
July 9, 2019
You'll leave with both a firm understanding of tranche-bundled CODs and a strange fascination with Carell's wig.
May 31, 2019
You painlessly learn a lot about financial markets and incidentally discover that understanding them can be fun.
May 7, 2019
Many will find The Big Short a brilliant, intelligent, pointedly funny film
April 9, 2019
The Big Short could have been a subtle, restrained procedural drama. Instead, it's a confused clusterfuck of cinematic tropes piled atop a good yarn.
February 21, 2019
[It] is an oftentimes perplexing yet scathing indictment of the banking and financial industry; made entertaining thanks to its stellar cast.
February 13, 2019
The direction is fantastic and dynamic and the story truly entertains while it informs. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 24, 2019
Ingloriously funny, fiery and frightening, The Big Short is no small feat.
January 17, 2019
A crisp examination of big-bank greed that is both darkly comic and frightening.
January 9, 2019
Is this film supposed to be funny? Dramatic? Condemning? Satirical? Heartbreaking? A documentary? Oscar-bait? It aims to be all of the above, which makes it ultimately feel inert and draining.
December 7, 2018
[Adam McKay's] comedic instincts serve him very well here, keeping what could be a very dry subject always feeling wry and engaging, while the facts in turn provide structure and substance.
November 1, 2018
It tries to be visually innovative but just feels technically inept, tries to be funny but just feels too forced, and in the final act, demands we get angry about a narrative it hasn't given any reason for us to get invested in.
November 1, 2018
McKay understands that often the best way to explain a bad situation is to mock it, and by doing so has created an entertaining satire that doesn't avoid the hard truths.
October 31, 2018
Probably the biggest mistake McKay makes is in trying too hard to play into the material: he mistakes shaky camera moves and quick cuts for authenticity and a cerebral quality
October 16, 2018
McKay takes his gift for comedy and weaves it into drama like a rich tapestry.
August 30, 2018
The saving grace of The Big Short, and the main reason I truly enjoyed the film despite its narrative hiccups, is the cast.
August 27, 2018
Dizzying, biting, full of great performances.
August 27, 2018
At times the film plays out like a disaster movie. You know it's coming and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
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