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Money Monster

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Lee Gates is a TV personality whose insider tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When Kyle loses all of his family's money on a bad tip, he holds Lee and his entire show hostage on air threatening to kill Lee if he does not get the stock up 24 and a half points before the bell.

Actors: George Clooney , Julia Roberts , Jack O'Connell , Caitriona Balfe , Dominic West , Lenny Venito , Giancarlo Esposito , Emily Meade , Chris Bauer , Dennis Boutsikaris
Directors: Jodie Foster
Country: USA
Release: 2016-05-13
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  • Richard Roeper

    Thanks to a stylish directorial turn by Jodie Foster and the shining star power of George Clooney and Julia Roberts (as well as a first-rate supporting cast), Money Monster rises above an uneven script that veers from clever and insightful to heavy-handed and obvious — sometimes within the same scene.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    A fast-paced, entertaining, if somewhat on-the-nose mélange of thriller, satire, and drama, this is Jodie Foster’s best movie as a director. And we’d happily watch any TV show George Clooney wants to host.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Like the provocative classics Dog Day Afternoon and Network, this is discomfiting entertainment–its edges are serrated, sharp enough to cut. The camera moves to just the right place every minute, and the editing is crisp. Moments of nearly unbearable tension are broken by bursts of energy and even humor.

    Time Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's a crudely populist movie designed to rouse the rabble, to loudly remind us greed isn't good. Viewers seeking another "The Big Short" will leave shortchanged.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    Foster, recovering nicely from her last directorial outing in the surprisingly unfunny "The Beaver," proves her smarts by managing to balance these different strands of humour while keeping the action ticking along.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Cross “Dog Day Afternoon’’ with “The Big Short’’ and throw in a dash of “Network’’ and you’ve got Money Monster, a clever financial thriller with comic overtones that’s a solid investment of your time thanks to stellar work by George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    Jodie Foster manages the interlocking tones of outrage and low humor with an unfailing rhythm and an engagingly casual cynicism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    In a way it’s just another well-made thriller, but there are things here — currents captured, ideas frozen in time — that might make it more interesting as the years pass. For the time being, it’s good entertainment and deserves to be seen now.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Foster's film doesn't doubt that money rules our lives. But it does wonder, provocatively, why we're dumb enough to let it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Smart and gripping - at least until the third act.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    As a solid B-movie elevated by A-list talent and pushed along by a brisk running time — it’s only 98 minutes—Money has its own rewards.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Money Monster begins with a jolt of satire, proceeds through a maze of beat-the-clock exposition and lands on a surprisingly gentle, sentimental note.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The film whirs along with such entertaining efficiency that you may not realize that, by the end, it has shifted its blame in a manner that does not exactly betray a lack of courage in its convictions, but a willingness to let some of the bad guys off the hook.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    As an indictment of Wall Street chicanery, it’s largely toothless; as a pure thriller, it only quickens the pulse once or twice; as a conspiracy saga, its central mystery falls flat. Yet somehow the film hangs together surprisingly well.

    Variety Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Jodie Foster deserves credit for orchestrating things with a nimble wit and a relentless energy.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Foster's suspenseful treatment of the material is fun to watch but not the dramatic statement its blaring tone would suggest.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Ultimately, the film registers less as an indictment of widespread financial corruption than as a shallow exploration of one man’s greed. But briefly, when it’s at its peak value somewhere in the middle, Money Monster is a solid bet. Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    An acceptable time-waster for a slow day in a movie theater or a slow night on cable. But it never makes you mad as hell, so what’s the point?

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Unfortunately, despite a surfeit of talent in front of and behind the camera, the movie is unable to overcome a shaky narrative whose increasing preposterousness ensures it’s difficult to take seriously.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    A hostage thriller, a campy satire of the 24/7 media culture and a takedown of Wall Street, though it never fully succeeds on any of those tracks.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Money Monster, which is at its best when it’s at its most crisply realistic and timely, suffers from the kind of only-in-Hollywood plot twists and eye-rolling exaggeration that results in smarter than average pulp, but pulp nonetheless.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Foster's direction, aided by cinematographer Matthew Libatique's sharp, clean light, is the most fluid and well-considered of her career. The script is an asset, too. Until it becomes a mixed-bag liability.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    Unfortunately, Money Monster, though perfectly competent, is one of those movies that promises more than it delivers.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s not a “Nework” for our times. But a game cast and a reasonably tense take on a topic that is a major component of this election year’s zeitgeist — financial cheats stealing from America, and never brought to justice — make it work.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    There's no escaping it: Money Monster is a basic, silly movie. But it has on its side a top-notch cast and an entire absence of self-seriousness.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    You miss the lingering after-sting of catharsis that was a regular signature of Lumet’s work, but in the heat of the moment, Money Monster’s bluster and nerve keeps you hooked.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    This is no masterpiece, but it’s amiable slice of popcorn entertainment.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    The film is never as savage as the first-act anarchy suggests it might be, and its best ideas are subsumed into familiar thriller concepts. Good craftsmanship elevates the result above workaday thriller territory, but ultimately Money Monster never rages in the “mad as hell” mode that’s always kept just out of reach

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    While the Occupy Wall Street rage supposedly fueling this thing is flimsy, what’s left is still solidly entertaining.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Director Jodie Foster's Money Monster runs a trim 98 minutes, but it's still not quite worth the investment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    I couldn’t tell whether the film was intended to be a comedy; as it became more and more improbable, both predictable and ludicrous at once, I heard audience members chortle again and again.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Unfortunately, as a director, Foster shows no knack or instinct for building tension; her style is strictly presentational, brisk and efficient, but with no sly trickery, desire to surprise or to forge technique that suggests an imaginative approach to storytelling.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Clint Worthington

    The direction and editing are slick and workmanlike, letting the performers do the work without overplaying the limited setting in which most of the film takes place.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Money Monster turns into an unintentional parody. Investing in this movie would not be a safe bet.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Clooney and Roberts are both good fits for their roles, and they do what they can with the material they’re provided. It’s just that the material they’re provided is so crummy.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Money Monster is all over the map, mixing earnest contemporary relevance, black comedy, bogus emotion and tragedy with its nominal thriller plot, all to frankly bewildering effect.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Clooney’s prancing, dancing and clowning for the TV camera feel tame and vaguely self-conscious when measured, as they will be, against the calculated craziness of his role’s model, Mr. Cramer, who usually manages to seem simultaneously shrewd and stridently unhinged.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    A bewilderingly facile and preposterously plotted misfire that offers few pleasures as either a star-driven thriller or a big-screen indictment of the forces that devastated global bank accounts.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The movie is competently made, but also perfunctory, telling us things about the greed of rich business executives and the shallowness of cable TV that we already know.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Foster, a novice at suspenseful filmmaking, doesn’t seem to know which screws to tighten or if screws even need tightening at all.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    As generic and impersonal as a new credit card offer, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster is the latest big-studio production to try to cash in on populist outrage over Wall Street abuses and New Gilded Age inequality.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Matthew Anderson

    Money Monster hobbles towards the most unsurprising of finish lines. Thankfully, reaching the finale does put everyone out of their misery.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A stodgy, moribund plodder loaded with stock characters that wouldn’t have felt edgy in 1983 and has about the same contemporary urgency as your average late-night rerun of “CSI: NY.” Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Foster's daringly different comedy is more interested with observing its well-drawn characters, and what it takes to change them on a fundamental level. It's easy to see it as a drama that fails to fully address America's shortcomings. It's actually something better: an insightful comedy about human perspective.

    The Verge Full Review
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