Many good things to say from The Verge:
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/12/11664 ... die-foster
But Clooney and Roberts — together on film for the first time since Ocean's Twelve — get a lot more leeway with their perfectly suited roles. Clooney seems to have settled into a comfortable vibe of playing characters balanced on the exact cutting point between charm and smarm. Over and over — in Burn After Reading, Up In The Air, The Descendents, Hail, Caesar!, and more — he's played men with movie-star charisma undercut by narrow pettiness. Sometimes that dynamic is hilarious, and sometimes it's tragic. Here, it's a little of both. Money Monster is less about condemning Wall Street than about watching Lee lose his flamboyant huckster persona one layer at a time, first to sheer terror, then to other considerations. It's a deceptively rich role, tailored perfectly to Clooney's strengths.
And Roberts (who's become polarizing, like every successful actress) has come into her own in roles that require a grave, frustrated intensity. Patty is laser-focused and effortlessly competent at her job, and she comes across like a character Foster might have played herself — the solemn adult voice in the middle of a reckless circus of misbehaving kids. Balfe plays Diane as more vulnerable and fearful, but equally determined. Without making an overt point about the dynamic, Foster turns Money Monster into a showcase for clear-headed, professional female characters defined by their work and their morals, rather than their gender. These aren't just satisfying roles, they're enviable and aspirational. The men of Money Monster play the emotional, irrational roles that incite the action. The women get to shape how the story unfolds.