The Big Short

The Big Short

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The Big Short

Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt lead this true story about the four outsiders who predicted the global economic meltdown. No one believed them, so they came up with their own get-rich-quick scheme – betting against the American banks. Directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman) and based on the non-fiction bestseller from Michael Lewis (who also wrote the book that was later adapted to the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball).

Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards
2016Rating: M, Offensive language and nudity131 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Adam McKay ('Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues', 'The Other Guys', 'Step Brothers')
Writer:
Adam McKayCharles Randolph
Cast:
Christian BaleSteve CarellRyan GoslingBrad PittMelissa LeoTracy LettsFinn WittrockHamish Linklater
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want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McKay’s attempt to cover so much ground is admirable; and the outrage that courses throughout is deeply felt.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Manages to be funny, fluid, watchable, dispiritingly blokish, well-acted and quite engrossing.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A refreshing and piercingly clever morality tale - whether you prefer the emotive, simplistic or in-depth depictions of what happened - the film hits its target.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Behind every easy drive-by laugh is a sincere holler of outrage.

0

The Big Short manages to turn a difficult subject matter into a great film which anyone can follow. Margot Robbie in a bath explaining sub prime loans is brilliant. This film uses the fourth wall well as a storytelling technique, rare these days. A great reminder and explanation of what caused the GFC and will open your eyes.

5.0
0

A fresh and well-rounded movie with so much to like, let down only by a couple of over the top characters with drippingly ironic character flaws (the rating agency clerk with vision problems and the regulator eager to hop into bed with the banks). Fortunately they fit with the comic, light hearted take on the movie's subject matter. Well worth watching

4.0
0

Very clever and full of comedic surprises. Does a good job of sharing with the audience the inner workings of the banking world whilst keeping things light enough for it to not be all a complete mood kill. I definitely want to re watch it again as there is a lot to take in but that's part of it's intellectual prowess. Fascinating look at human nature and...

5.0
0

...then have these guys got a deal for you. The Big Short does a great job of explaining the apparently inexplicable, tackling the world of sub-prime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations head-on without bothering to apologise if it makes you feel stupid in the process. Explaining this stuff without talking down to your audience is a tricky needle...

4.0
0

Definitely worth the seeing. Informative, though would have been more so if the greed and lack of ethics drivers had been put in the context of government policies of the times. The story it did tell was well told.

4.0
0

Interesting characters populate this film which is set up as an instructional docudrama but never quite manages to simplify the subject enough for complete novices. It is definitely entertaining but would bore the pants off anyone who doesn't care about how big banking works. In simple terms they make squillions while Joe Public pays the price. We all know...

3.0
0

Mostly highly watchable but times when the subject matter doesn't make it entirely easy to follow.

4.0
0

Few films dealing with the GFC are this fun. It's interesting: the 'heroes' of the film were betting against the 'bad guys' (big banks), but they also became very rich because of it, while people the world over lost jobs & houses and economies collapsed. The film does acknowledge this, albiet briefly - these guys know that they too are part of a corrupt...

4.0
0

Disappointing, this could've been so much better. The Big Short definitely isn't one of the best pictures of the year. I couldn't get into it, I didn't understand any of the banking stuff. Great cast, Steve Carell and Christian Bale are fantastic. Ryan Gosling was wasted, he's mostly there just to explain things to the audience and narrate the story. I...

3.0
0

I loved the film, it was interesting to be able to understand in greater detail what happened to cause the pickle that a lot of economies around the world are in at the moment. It was great to see the satire, poking fun at various aspects of capitalism and western society. Overall it was a much funnier film that I expected it to be, but still very...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Will affirm your deepest cynicism about Wall Street while simultaneously restoring your faith in Hollywood.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McKay’s attempt to cover so much ground is admirable; and the outrage that courses throughout is deeply felt.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Manages to be funny, fluid, watchable, dispiritingly blokish, well-acted and quite engrossing.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A refreshing and piercingly clever morality tale - whether you prefer the emotive, simplistic or in-depth depictions of what happened - the film hits its target.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

Behind every easy drive-by laugh is a sincere holler of outrage.

0

The Big Short manages to turn a difficult subject matter into a great film which anyone can follow. Margot Robbie in a bath explaining sub prime loans is brilliant. This film uses the fourth wall well as a storytelling technique, rare these days. A great reminder and explanation of what caused the GFC and will open your eyes.

5.0
0

A fresh and well-rounded movie with so much to like, let down only by a couple of over the top characters with drippingly ironic character flaws (the rating agency clerk with vision problems and the regulator eager to hop into bed with the banks). Fortunately they fit with the comic, light hearted take on the movie's subject matter. Well worth watching

4.0
0

Very clever and full of comedic surprises. Does a good job of sharing with the audience the inner workings of the banking world whilst keeping things light enough for it to not be all a complete mood kill. I definitely want to re watch it again as there is a lot to take in but that's part of it's intellectual prowess. Fascinating look at human nature and...

5.0
0

...then have these guys got a deal for you. The Big Short does a great job of explaining the apparently inexplicable, tackling the world of sub-prime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations head-on without bothering to apologise if it makes you feel stupid in the process. Explaining this stuff without talking down to your audience is a tricky...

4.0
0

Definitely worth the seeing. Informative, though would have been more so if the greed and lack of ethics drivers had been put in the context of government policies of the times. The story it did tell was well told.

4.0
0

Interesting characters populate this film which is set up as an instructional docudrama but never quite manages to simplify the subject enough for complete novices. It is definitely entertaining but would bore the pants off anyone who doesn't care about how big banking works. In simple terms they make squillions while Joe Public pays the price. We all...

3.0
0

Mostly highly watchable but times when the subject matter doesn't make it entirely easy to follow.

4.0
0

Few films dealing with the GFC are this fun. It's interesting: the 'heroes' of the film were betting against the 'bad guys' (big banks), but they also became very rich because of it, while people the world over lost jobs & houses and economies collapsed. The film does acknowledge this, albiet briefly - these guys know that they too are part of a corrupt...

4.0
0

Disappointing, this could've been so much better. The Big Short definitely isn't one of the best pictures of the year. I couldn't get into it, I didn't understand any of the banking stuff. Great cast, Steve Carell and Christian Bale are fantastic. Ryan Gosling was wasted, he's mostly there just to explain things to the audience and narrate the story. I...

3.0
0

I loved the film, it was interesting to be able to understand in greater detail what happened to cause the pickle that a lot of economies around the world are in at the moment. It was great to see the satire, poking fun at various aspects of capitalism and western society. Overall it was a much funnier film that I expected it to be, but still very...

4.0
0