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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as Kenny Wells
as Micke Acosta
as Connie Wright
as Bobby Burns
as Scottie Nevins
as Lloyd Stanton
as Clive Coleman
as Brian Woolf
as Hollis Dresher
as Mark Hancock
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Critic Reviews for Gold
[Matthew McConaughey's] scenes in the jungle with dashing geologist Edgar Ramírez are much duller than those in the movie's latter half.
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.
It's a good story and Gaghan tackles it with his usual flair for international intrigue and political chicanery.
A film with serious acting, a true-story premise and nothing by way of charm, intrigue, dramatic tension, sympathetic characters or basic narrative momentum.
Deluded-yet-indomitable, Kenny is just too familiar a figure and the absurdly upbeat twist ending is the final insult.
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.
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.
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)
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