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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Rated Rated R)

The Wolf of Wall Street
B+
 

“ This is good but not great Scorsese.”

-Richard Roeper

MOVIE INFORMATION

The Wolf of Wall Street

(2013; R)

In theaters:
Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Genre:
Biography, Comedy, Crime

Director:
Martin Scorsese

Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill

COMMENTS (5)
 
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Davesaid on Monday, September 07, 2015 10:53:11 PM
When I first saw this in the theater, I was totally in the A+ camp, but after watching it...well, too many times, I would agree with Roeper, B+ is more of a balanced grade.

Still loved the flick, but it is long, and the economy of the story could have been flushed out by shortening DiCaprio’s shouting scenes, in his expensive suits, to the broker’s floor once they had their glass offices. There were three or four of those scenes, all too long. Some of the drug scenes with him and Johana Hill could have been trimmed as well.

What makes the picture is some of the clever writing and character tight interaction, even with bit characters. More of that should have been sprinkled in to freshen up the story rather than DiCaprio’s and Hill’s long monologues and drug moments. Yelling works in cinema, but after awhile, it looses its effect and wares the viewer down.

Davesaid on Monday, September 07, 2015 10:49:23 PM
When I first saw this in the theater, I was totally in the A+ camp, but after watching it...well, too many times, I would agree with Roeper, B+ is more of a balanced grade.

Still loved the flick, but it is long, and the economy of the story could have been flushed out by shortening DiCaprio’s shouting scenes, in his expensive suits, to the broker’s floor once they had their glass offices. There were three or four of those scenes, all too long. Some of the drug scenes with him and Johana Hill could have been trimmed as well.

What makes the picture is some of the clever writing and character tight interaction, even with bit characters. More of that should have been sprinkled in to freshen up the story rather than DiCaprio’s and Hill’s long monologues and drug moments. Yelling works in cinema, but after awhile, it looses its effect and wares the viewer down.

Marissasaid on Saturday, March 01, 2014 8:51:06 PM
Is this movie doing anything new? At this point, "white Wall Street conmen experience meteoric rise and disgraceful plummet, as accompanied by prostitutes and drugs; cause us to question our own social values" isn't new ground to tread. In a year where we had some pretty cool and unusual things happening in mainstream cinema (an animated "princess" movie where the most important relationship was between two sisters, a space thriller whose face was a middle-aged woman, a high-grossing action movie starring a young woman, a sci-fi blockbuster where 2/3 leads were NOT white men, a female buddy-cop movie), this just seems....tired. And honestly, nothing in this movie asks any questions that haven't been asked a million times, in similar explorations. Lets celebrate Progress not Excess.

DeeJaysaid on Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:14:00 AM
I would have to agree this movie is great just a bit to long... I enjoyed it. The best was Jonah hill acting like a complete jackass at times. B+

Mikesaid on Monday, December 30, 2013 11:47:22 AM
DiCaprio is excellent (as usual). Jonah Hill is very good too. That's saying a lot for me because I ma not a fan of Jonah Hill. For the most part I agree completely with Richard here. The movie is way too long and after a while you get worn down by watching this group of criminals in their excess and periods of self destruction. I would give this movie a B instead of a B+.

 
 

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