The Big Short

Lists: Film Quest 2015 - The Challenge Part II, Golden Globes 2015 Best Picture Nominees, Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture of 2015, Nomination Heavy Films of 2015, Drama, Comedy, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019

Brief Synopsis: "The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown."

Overall Ranking: 692 (Rank from 2015: # 21)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 35.71%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 7.14%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown98 - Blending some of the best elements of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and J. C. Chandor's Margin Call, the finance-themed comedy drama from Anchorman director Adam McKay serves up both irreverent humor and gut-wrenching drama in perfect doses.
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Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Citizen Charlie97(full review)
Howard Schumann of Critical Movie Critics97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest92 - Entertaining and educational. Great cast, great performances. Should be required viewing.
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Bryan Lienesch88 - Adam McKay's first 'serious' film is a palpable entry.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 6
Khalid Rafi86(full review)
Minnesota Man80 - McKay and co. burst some bubbles.
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Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film71(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10170
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine65.6 - The movie doesn't talk down to the audience. At times they use easily understood analogy devices involving celebrities to explain the finer points of the game - like cutting to The Wolf of Wall Street's Margo Robbie in a bathtub, drinking champagne to explain sub-prime loans. But basically you either catch up and get the gist or you don't, and I like that.
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Rewatch: 5
Lisa Marie Bowman25 - Destined to be remembered as one of the worst films ever nominated for best picture.
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People Involved

  • Christian Bale (Michael Burry)
  • Steve Carell (Mark Baum)
  • Ryan Gosling (Jared Vennett)
  • Brad Pitt (Ben Rickert)
  • Finn Wittrock (Jamie Shipley)
  • John Magaro (Charlie Geller)
  • Melissa Leo (Georgia Hale)
  • Rafe Spall (Danny Moses)
  • Marisa Tomei (Cynthia Baum)
  • Tracy Letts (Lawrence Fields)
  • Max Greenfield (Mortgage Broker #1)
  • Billy Magnussen (Mortgage Broker #2)
  • Hamish Linklater (Porter Collins)
  • Byron Mann (Mr. Chau)
  • Al Sapienza (Dan Detone)
  • Jeremy Strong (Vinny Daniel)
  • Karen Gillan (Evie)
  • Margot Robbie (Herself)
  • Selena Gomez (Herself)
  • Anthony Bourdain (Himself)
  • Adepero Oduye (Kathy Tao)
  • Jeffry Griffin (Chris)
  • Lyle Brocato (Casey)
  • Tony Bentley (Bruce Miller)
  • (Director)