"Money Monster" REVIEWS

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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 3:59 pm

A downright nasty pan D+ from The A.V. Club, this one is gonna drag the score down:

There’s not much pleasure in taunting Money Monster as a ham-fisted, tin-eared, anticlimactic, and lethargically shot parable about greed and the 99 percent. Clooney and Foster gravitate toward smart projects, and it’s possible that Roberts could better play a TV producer in a movie that requires more than her just nodding ruefully at her own hard-bitten wisdom. The movie’s self-confidence actually becomes discomfiting, if also a little bit fascinating. This is no economics lesson, at least not as intended. It’s a testament to the peculiar fragility of movie-star tastes—and the accompanying moral high ground. There’s not much honor in a movie that rants about the little guy getting screwed then hands out its stars’ chumminess as a damp consolation prize.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 4:08 pm

Yet another 2.5 out of 4 stars from USA Today:

Foster has crafted a piece that, in places, proves to actually be funnier than might be expected, and she gets the most out of her fellow A-listers: Roberts is the solid emotional rock of the film, while Clooney’s hyper screen pundit has the most complete arc of all the players.

Nobody’s safe from getting skewered in Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf’s screenplay, especially not corporate fat cats, the crowds mindlessly following the live TV trainwreck and mainstream media on the whole. (In one scene, Patty has the cameraman move so she can get a better shot of Kyle amid the on-air tension.) The inherent anti-greed messaging lacks all subtlety — it might as well have a "Feel the Bern" campaign sticker slapped on the movie's poster. At least with its spiritual cousin The Big Short, big bank failings were shown through a more stylized lens.

What Money Monster amounts to is a well-meaning indictment of culture, society and the financial sector that could do without an agenda or two.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby swamer on Thu May 12, 2016 4:09 pm

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If you like movies like Ransom and The Negotiator, you'll like Money Monster. I watch stuff like Lethal Weapon 3 on VHS in my garage, so...
It's smart, tight, thrilling, has good energy. A sort of throwback. I dig it. Also, like 90 minutes!
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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 4:26 pm

Mixed one from Tampa Bay Times:

Money Monster applies this budding cliche to an oddly comical thriller that eventually grows too preposterous for anyone's good. 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.

Lee's director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts, also solid) is patient with her star and his stunts, their professional chemistry noted by a safe word meaning shut up. Foster establishes the rushed precision of preparing to go on the air, contrasting the faster chaos to follow.

Thanks to her solid cast, Foster maintains an entertaining pace through increasingly dubious circumstances. One example is a scene when Kyle's pregnant girlfriend (Emily Meade) is called in to help negotiate his surrender, and things go awry. Standard police procedure wouldn't let that happen, but a filmmaker whose priority is crowdpleasing does. Money Monster is always fun, in a face-palm sort of way.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 6:36 pm

Glad that The New York Times likes it too:

In other words, you will not necessarily learn anything here about how TV or high finance really work, but you will be invited to enjoy the illusion of such enlightenment in the skilled and charismatic company of Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Mr. Clooney, playing the Jim Cramerish host of a loud, slick investment-advice broadcast (also called “Money Monster”), is doing his most fully Clooneyesque work in a while. His brand is in full effect: the silver hair, the gravelly voice, the arrogant strut camouflaging a core of basic decency.

Mr. Clooney’s character, Lee Gates, is the kind of charming, egotistic broadcast peacock who requires a tough, honest, outwardly-cynical-but-secretly-idealistic, behind-the-scenes superego. That would be Ms. Roberts’s Patty Fenn. The two stars are rarely onscreen together — circumstances conspire to keep Lee on set, under the lights, while Patty sits in the semidarkness of the control room whispering instructions into his earpiece — but their interaction is the electrical circuit that powers everything else.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 6:40 pm

Rolling Stone has nice words for Julia:

Clooney has plenty of fun mocking the empty suit he's playing, but he ups the ante by showing the fear, self-hatred and buried integrity that are eating at Gates. And Roberts makes her harried producer an oasis of calm in the gathering storm. What the script lacks in emotional subtext you'll find in their richly detailed performances. Unlike Budwell, Gates hasn't let his rage against the machine push him over the line. Not yet, anyway. Foster's film doesn't doubt that money rules our lives. But it does wonder, provocatively, why we're dumb enough to let it.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Thu May 12, 2016 6:52 pm

Many good things to say from The Verge:

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.


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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Vieszcy on Fri May 13, 2016 10:16 pm

an average of 3.8 / 5 for the French press
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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby Mark on Sat May 14, 2016 4:58 am

The final rating fell further to a 56... but still better than people expected.


1. The Normal Heart
2. Ocean's Eleven
3. Erin Brockovich
4. Duplicity
5. Charlie Wilson's War
6. Notting Hill
7. Closer
8. Mystic Pizza
9. Michael Collins
10. August: Osage County
11. Everyone Says I Love You
12. Stepmom
13. Ocean's Twelve
14. Money Monster
15. Hook
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Re: "Money Monster" REVIEWS

Postby mcv on Sat May 14, 2016 8:33 am

it's rotten on RT LOL

the clooney curse
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