The Big Short Reviews

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October 9, 2017
See it, and then dig up a copy of Charles Ferguson's excellent (and Oscar-winning) documentary on the same subject, Inside Job.
January 23, 2016
Confronting these facts while snorting at how funny this film often can be is quite confounding.
January 22, 2016
McKay hasn't lost his touch as a director of comic performances, and the didactic format lets him shake off a lot of sodden Hollywood convention: the characters aren't required to learn spiritual lessons or even be particularly likeable.
January 21, 2016
I came to The Big Short in a state of anticipation, only to be baffled at how smug, laborious and self-important it is, trying to combine Gordon Gekko sexiness with anti-banker correctness ...
January 19, 2016
Lots of pleasant bluster, but spreads itself a little too thin.
January 2, 2016
McKay cowrote The Big Short's screenplay with Charles Randolph, and they know how to keep an audience engaged, broadcasting this knowledge often, as both parody and indictment.
December 25, 2015
It's funny because it's true. And it's tragic and frightening for the same reason.
December 24, 2015
The Big Short is an angry, fiery movie disguised as a comedy.
December 23, 2015
The Big Short manages to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. But its ominous revelations linger long after it's over.
December 23, 2015
Thanks to Anchorman (2004) auteur Adam McKay's caustic comedy The Big Short, the events of the great economic meltdown of 2008 are beginning to make sense.
December 23, 2015
It's an expertly calibrated entertainment, giving the actors room to play and reframing industry jargon as simple, elegant metaphors... And McKay orchestrates it all so deftly that you might not even notice how angry he is - or at least not right away.
December 23, 2015
Ultimately, The Big Short should outrage us, once we understand the sheer larceny that went on with other people's money, and which crippled the world economy. En route to that, it entertains us.
December 23, 2015
The Big Short sticks in the throat. You laugh at it only because you can't believe it was this awful -- that people were (and are) this awful. It's the horror movie soundtracked with nervous, incredulous giggles wrung from the rot of the soul.
December 23, 2015
A film that winds up collapsing Marx's dictum to repeat recent history as tragedy and farce in one busy, bouncy ball. The effect is distracting, aggressive and, finally, psychically numbing.
December 22, 2015
Far from being a dry economics lesson, "The Big Short" is an unsparing look at corporate skullduggery and its consequences - and the rare mainstream film with political bite.
December 22, 2015
The really neat feat of The Big Short is getting us to care about these dollar-hungry sharks and other erstwhile profiteers, and to laugh at their desperate dealings, even if we don't always understand what it is they're doing ...
December 22, 2015
"The Big Short" manages to entertain you while making you really, really mad.
December 22, 2015
McKay utilizes A-list talent and creative filmmaking to go with subprime rates and credit debt, though what it amounts to is the hyper-cool version of a boring economics lesson you slept through in college.
December 22, 2015
See the movie. It's a treat. And educational, too.
December 21, 2015
[It] works as a companion piece to 99 Homes, a film from this year about a laid-off construction worker...Both films capture the deep sense of desperation that comes with a financial crisis and the collateral damage that's left in its path.
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