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2.4
399 Ratings

Money Monster

Directed by Jodie Foster
United States, 2016
Thriller, Drama, Crime

Synopsis

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.

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Money Monster Directed by Jodie Foster
Too beholden to the generic conventions of the contemporary action thriller and too in love with television to compete as a film with its nearest corollary, Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), Jodie Foster’s Money Monster raises economic issues and the failure of the American Dream in various incisive and entertaining ways, only to abandon them by the end.
August 12, 2016
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It’s a total confection – but it’s written smoothly (if not very wittily), it keeps various balls in the air with impressive aplomb, it pairs two examples of that vanishing breed, the bona fide movie star, and it comes with enough real-life detail to suggest the filmmakers have a fair idea of what’s going on, even if they’ve chosen to transmute it into Hollywood fakery.
July 05, 2016
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A hostage thriller with barely any tension. A recession-era cri de cœur without much fervor. A Hollywood star vehicle that thumbs its nose at the common man it disingenuously purports to represent. There’s so much lacking about the yes-that-Jodie-Foster-directed Money Monster that it near-completely negates the occasional pleasures that come bubbling to its gaseous surface.
May 13, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Money Monster

    Good thriller in the Network, Phonebooth, Wall Street, Dog Day Afternoon & Margin Call tradition. Efficient job by Jodie FOSTER. Great performance by Julia ROBERT & Jack O'Connell ("SKINS" British TV series). CLOONEY acts & produces. ==== Bon suspense dans la lignée Phonebooth, Wall Street, Dog Day Afternoon & Margin Call. Julia ROBERT & Jack O'Connell (série TV "SKINS") parfaits. CLOONEY acteur et producteur.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Money Monster

    You can't blame George, or Julia, or Jodie, or any of the cast and crew, who are all sharp and professional. But the soul of the film feels fraudulent: an entertaining star vehicle with pretensions of commentary on the financial corruption of our time—even if it attributes said corruption to a single outlier and imagines the media will fix it. The last thing the media did was give Trump $3 billion of free coverage.

  • Michel's rating of the film Money Monster

    1:5 . Even though it's neither a bore nor a chore to sit through, the film is as ill-conceived as it is poorly executed. Not a single standout/memorable moment to be found in this collection of tiresome cliches

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Money Monster

    Takes the entertainment route of "Dog Day Afternoon" in that you're essentially watching a catastrophic, violent public meltdown and minimizes the subtext of "The Big Short" to be basic entertainment and little else. Clooney gives it all he's got but Jack O'Connell steals a lot of the show and plays secondary to him quite nicely. Thoroughly enjoyed, even as the hokiness became more apparent during act three.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Money Monster

    What defines Foster's work as a filmmaker? Absolutely nothing as this example, by chance one of the most interesting that she made. A sort of "Dog Day Afternoon" with an ideological program, in which almost always the form is confused with the content, therefore simplistic and illustrative, but that achieves the suspense with some skill.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Money Monster

    Cheesy, predictable, but somehow entertaining (mostly due to O'Connell giving it a good effort). It was mind-boggling how stale the dialogue was.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Money Monster

    Unfortunately I think Queen Jodie Foster should stick to acting. "The Beaver" was satirical but at least it had some depth and a charming dark humour quality... "Money Monster" is just one silly moment after another until that anti-climatic conclusion. It was not necessary to solve the entire case in a ludicrous way to prove a point. Every criticism portrayed was too gratuitous and heavy-handed.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Money Monster

    Better than expected star vehicle for Clooney that reps Foster's fourth venture into the director's chair with mixed results. Topically relevant and mostly exciting but becomes absurd as it reaches its climax. Roberts is underused here but rising star Jack O'Connell gives a great turn as does Caitriona Balfe. Best in show though is the cinematography of Matthew Libatique.

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