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The Big Short

Comedy . Drama . Biography

The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.

Actors: Christian Bale , Steve Carell , Ryan Gosling , Brad Pitt , Melissa Leo , Hamish Linklater , John Magaro , Rafe Spall , Jeremy Strong , Finn Wittrock , Rudy Eisenzopf , Casey Groves , Charlie Talbert
Directors: Adam McKay
Country: USA
Release: 2015-12-11
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  • Lawrence Toppman

    The Big Short, which he directed and wrote with Charles Randolph from the book by Michael Lewis, jumps off the screen in every scene and pins an elusive subject firmly in place.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    The Big Short is the film that “The Wolf of Wall Street” wanted to be.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It plays the whole absurd shell game for laughs, even as it acknowledges that the last and bitterest laugh is on the rest of us.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Only in America, though, could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous irreverence and brilliant boisterousness that make The Big Short an improbable triumph.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A true crime story and a madcap comedy, a heist movie and a scalding polemic, The Big Short will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    It’s impossible to fathom how writer-director Adam McKay has turned this material into one of the funniest and yet most sobering, not to mention one of the most entertaining movies of 2015.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Simply the most relentlessly entertaining film of the last few months.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    I suppose you could call The Big Short a comedy. It’s very, very funny. But it’s also a tragedy. Behind every easy drive-by laugh is a sincere holler of outrage.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The best film of the year? Possibly …

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    A highly entertaining, informative movie about how the subprime mortgage crisis led to a worldwide financial meltdown in 2007-08. The fact that such a movie is so unusual is one big reason why the meltdown occurred and why it easily could happen again.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Big Short manages to entertain you while making you really, really mad.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The film packs in so much information and comedy, it would be fun to see it twice: not just to take in what it has to tell us, but also to laugh all over again.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    So expert are the performers that you wind up rooting for Burry, Baum, and the others despite yourself, knowing full well that they are fuelled by cynicism -- by an ardent faith that the system will and must fail.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    With its cartoonish pace, larger-than-life characters and detours into farce and agitprop, this movie captures the accelerated pace of life in the financial markets and the vast scale of their mendacity far more vividly than a naturalistic drama could. Full Review
  • Gersh Kuntzman

    Taking Michael Lewis’ seminal book about the meltdown as source material, director Adam McKay channels his own anger into something rarely even attempted by Hollywood, let alone pulled off: a comedy about a tragedy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    McKay approaches this adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book with wit, energy and a surprising degree of clarity. But if the movie is a crackerjack entertainment, it’s one with a conscience.

    Time Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    McKay makes moral outrage wickedly entertaining.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    The Big Short has a reckless, off-balance energy, with an ending that doesn’t really end the uncertainty: The collapse could happen again, no joke.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    See the movie. It’s a treat. And educational, too.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Using gallows humor, likable protagonists, and a variety of nonstandard filmmaking techniques (like having characters address the audience directly), McKay maintains a high level of energy for more than two hours and dares us to become bored.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The Big Short becomes not just amusing and explanatory, a real tour de force for its fast-talking cast.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A hell of a hilarious time at the movies if you're up for laughs that stick in your throat.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    It really is quite a movie: entertaining and engaging, but also mortifying; a good alternate title might be "American Horror Story." Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    McKay's film is coated in sugar to make it go down easy, but at its center, it's a bitter pill to swallow.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    In the end, McKay’s edu-tainment tactics work, even if the laughs aren’t as hearty as his broader work with Ferrell. The Big Short pulls off its own oddball gambit: grabbing attention through fringe wonkiness rather than a tantalizing glimpse at bro-banker lifestyles.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Charlie Schmidlin

    The Big Short ends up an energetic, absorbing version of these events, marked deeply by its director’s uniquely surreal vision.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    When a Hollywood comedy turns the crime of the century into a lark, you know a huge gamble has been chanced and won.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The Big Short means to infuriate its audience, but it’s smart enough to know that such an approach doesn’t preclude a film from being darkly, cathartically funny as well.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    But there is so much information to process in The Big Short that only hedge fund managers and stock brokers will be able to track every nuance and shading of this complicated story.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Only occasionally, as in “Thank You for Smoking” (2005), do these men — and the audience — understand that bucking the system doesn’t always make you less a part of it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The actors play their roles to the hilt, but in the end, the role of these investors in extenuating the crisis they took advantage of is played down, as is the disastrous life consequences of all those who were severely hit by it.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The film’s compassion for everyday Americans...along with its energetic determination to entertain, enlighten, and infuriate make it a laudable surprise.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Even if it falls a little short as a character study, the fact that it’s both hugely weird and hugely watchable is impressive.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    There’s an unmistakable, scathing sense of outrage behind the whole endeavor, and it’s impossible not to admire McKay’s reckless willingness to do everything short of jumping through flaming hoops on a motorcycle while reading aloud from Keynes if that’s what it takes to get people to finally pay attention.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    It all comes down to men behaving badly and greed rules all, though at least you’ll laugh and seethe along the way.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    If a film can essentially succeed while also remaining essentially frustrating, here's a prime example.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Few of the characters feel fully fleshed out. McKay's Big Short also lacks a certain nuance in its third act, when McKay's agenda becomes abundantly, ham-handedly clear. Still, it's hard not to be outraged by what is learned.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Nigel M Smith

    McKay’s attempt to cover so much ground is admirable; and the outrage that courses throughout is deeply felt. But his busy execution...feels labored.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    McKay's frustration about the financial crisis is obvious, his instinct of how to engage viewers less so. Buyer beware.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Upon leaving The Big Short, audiences are likely to feel less enlightened than bludgeoned with a blunt instrument, albeit one wrapped in layers of eye-catching silks and spangles: You may be too old to cry, but it hurts too much to laugh.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Zach Lewis

    Its fourth-wall-breaking wags a finger at the perceived facile nature of celebrity-driven mass culture even as it ultimately condescends to audiences.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    On their own, individual scenes are effective enough in semi-farcically portraying the ignorance, avoidance and/or downright denial by the practitioners of bad loans. Together, however, they are wearying in their repetitive nature.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    At the end of it all comes McKay’s big angry harrumph about the meaning of the crisis — a sign of failed, frustrated satire. If you can make your message clear through comedy, there’s no need to say, “Here’s my moral.” A funnyman can’t afford to get caught wagging his finger.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    McKay's bumptious movie awkwardly combines fourth-wall-breaking gimmickry and flaccid indignation with the goofball energy that defines his comedies.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Witty, absurd and far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this could finally shed light on the financial crisis for those of us who found it all too boring to contemplate.

    Empire Full Review
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