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The Big Short

  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 130 min.

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. [Paramount Pictures]

"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."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The best film of the year? Possibly …"
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"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."
- Gersh Kuntzman, New York Daily News
"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."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
- Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The Big Short manages to entertain you while making you really, really mad."
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times
"Simply the most relentlessly entertaining film of the last few months."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Time
"McKay makes moral outrage wickedly entertaining."
- Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle