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Gold (2017)



Critic Consensus: Gold boasts an impressively committed performance from Matthew McConaughey, but it's just one glittering nugget in an otherwise uneven heap of cinematic silt.

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TWC-Dimension presents GOLD, a Black Bear Pictures and HWY61 production directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) and produced by Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, All is Lost) for Black Bear Pictures and Michael Nozik (Syriana, The Motorcycle Diaries) for HWY61. Directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC, SYRIANA), the film stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (INTERSTELLAR, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) and Golden Globe nominees Edgar Ramirez (HANDS OF STONE, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and Bryce Dallas Howard (JURASSIC WORLD, PETE'S DRAGON), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man, "House of Cards"), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fantastic Four), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Capote), Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (American History X, Nebraska), and a powerful ensemble cast. The screenplay for GOLD was written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Friday Night Lights"), who also serve as producers. Executive producers are Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Ben Stillman, and Richard Middleton (The Artist, I Love You Phillip Morris) as well as Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser. Key members of the production team include Academy Award winning director of photography Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood, Syriana), Academy Award nominated production designer Maria Djurkovic (Tinker Tailor), and Academy Award nominated costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk).

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Edgar Ramirez
as Micke Acosta
Macon Blair
as Connie Wright
Adam LeFevre
as Bobby Burns
Frank Wood
as Scottie Nevins
Toby Kebbell
as Jennings
Joshua Harto
as Lloyd Stanton
Stacy Keach
as Clive Coleman
Corey Stoll
as Brian Woolf
Bill Camp
as Hollis Dresher
Bruce Greenwood
as Mark Hancock
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Critic Reviews for Gold

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (48)

[Matthew McConaughey's] scenes in the jungle with dashing geologist Edgar Ramírez are much duller than those in the movie's latter half.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite McConaughey's commitment to the role, his Kenny is more pathetic than sympathetic, which makes caring about him for two hours a difficult task.

March 3, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a good story and Gaghan tackles it with his usual flair for international intrigue and political chicanery.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A film with serious acting, a true-story premise and nothing by way of charm, intrigue, dramatic tension, sympathetic characters or basic narrative momentum.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Deluded-yet-indomitable, Kenny is just too familiar a figure and the absurdly upbeat twist ending is the final insult.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a boilerplate American Dream story for sure, but at least its one where you don't actively wish the central character died in a chip pan fire. Which is something.

February 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gold

Stephen Gaghan has worked mostly behind the scenes as a screenwriter in his early days when he first hit LA with "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Since then, he has graced us with "Traffic" (screenwriter) and "Syriana" (screenwriter/director) as his only two "fresh" movies. Fast forward nearly 12 years, and he has all-star actor Matthew McConaughey under his wing with a story worthy of putting on the silver screen. It's just a shame what should be a shining bright nugget gets stuck in the mud without a sifter to help find its way to the light. McConaughey puts in a fully committed performance as Kenny Wells. Too bad it goes to waste on a movie that doesn't quite hold your attention with the story as much as it does with his eccentric transformation. It's a age-old classic of the American Dream, except instead of drugs and violence, we get Gold. Think a poor man's Wolf of Wallstreet and about an hour shorter. While Scorsese's movie dragged for hours with detail on even the most trivial of things, Gold doesn't give enough of it to accurately portray the full picture. It's tough to watch a McConaughey movie and not be impressed by his acting, but it's another thing to watch a movie that so under utilizes his talents because the script is so light in all the right spots. Without the relationships, we have no one and nothing to pin our eye to.

Lane Zieben
Lane Zieben

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Much like The Founder, Gold is a story about ambition, persistence, and the American Spirit. While it's not as good as The Founder was, McConoughey and Ramirez performances are enough to give this film a passing grade.

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

Super Reviewer

You can have man breasts and a crappy comb over but still it is McConaughey playing himself in Gold . First section was so boring I feel asleep but woke up in time to kinda enjoy the last half. Where did the actor McConaughey go that was so terrific in Mud? BDH was nice to look at at least. First bummer of '17. (2-2-17)

John C
John C

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