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The Big Short (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.

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Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which centers on the housing a credit bubble of the 2000s. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Christian Bale
as Michael Burry
Steve Carell
as Mark Baum
Ryan Gosling
as Jared Vennett
Brad Pitt
as Ben Rickert
Marisa Tomei
as Cynthia Baum
Melissa Leo
as Georgia Hale
Finn Wittrock
as Jamie Shipley
Max Greenfield
as Mortgage Broker
Billy Magnussen
as Mortgage Broker #2
Rafe Spall
as Danny Moses
Hamish Linklater
as Porter Collins
John Magaro
as Charlie Geller
Byron Mann
as Wing Chau
Al Sapienza
as Dan Detone
Brandon Stacy
as Burry's Dad
Jeremy Strong
as Vinny Daniel
Sara Finley
as Caesar's Palace Pool Girl
Tracy Letts
as Lawrence Fields
Lindsay Musil
as Attractive Manhattan Professional
Ruby Lou Smith
as Sales Manager
Shona Gastian
as Goldman Sachs Executive
Garrett Hines
as Deutsche Bank Rep Randall
Adepero Oduye
as Kathy Tao
Wayne Pére
as Martin Blaine
Dave Davis
as Burry's Assistant - Lewis
Shauna Rappold
as Michael Burry's Mom
Aiden Flowers
as 11-Year-Old Michael Burry
Carrie Lazar
as Mark's Mom
Nicole Barré
as Woman at Party
Billy Slaughter
as Younger Agent
Mark Falvo
as Journalist
Jae Suh Park
as Michael Burry's Wife
Juliet Reeves
as Front Point Receptionist
Jeff Caperton
as Wall Street Journal Reporter
Tony Bentley
as Bruce Miller the Bull
Hunter Burke
as Young Analyst David
Jay Jablonski
as Matt Wright
Jaclyn Bethany
as Casino Patron
Elton LeBlanc
as Convention Delegate/Strip Club Drunk/Blackjack Player
Nazeema Bartek
as Analysis/Silicone Valley Manager/International Traveller
Tracy Mann
as Banker
Paula Shreve
as Lehman Brothers Banker
David Kallaway
as Game Jersey Guy
Erika Vaughn
as Journalist
Tom Buis
as Analyst
Sidney Beitz
as Sound Guy
Mike R. Moreau
as Business Executive
Stanley Wong
as Ted Jiang
Holly Ann Perry
as Cocktail Waitress
Jason Bayle
as Goldman Sachs Rep
Andrea Vittoria Alvarado
as Clothing Boutique Clerk
Kristen Scott
as Cocktail Waitress/Dancer
Rajeev Jacob
as Deeb Winston
Tom Bui
as Analyst
Leslie Castay
as Therapist
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Merrill Lynch Trader
Anthony Marble
as Therapy Businessman #1
Jack Millard
as Lehman Executive
Patrick Kearns
as Casino Security
Darly Wayne
as Crying Lehmann Bros Employee
Jesse Yarborough
as Mortgage Broker
Kelly Lind
as Font Point Receptionist
Ryan Broussard
as Trader in Club
John Neisler
as Seminar Leader #2
Cynthia LeBlanc
as Blackjack Player/Convention Delegate
Oscar Gale
as Tattoo Neck Guy
Elliott Grey
as Lehman Brothers Rep
Peter Epstein
as Paul Baum
Mark Roman
as WAMU Banker at Casino
Christopher Gulas
as Businessman
Michael Rollins
as Analyst/Investment Banker
Jay Potter
as Deutsche Rep
Christina Michelle Williams
as Banker/Airport Passenger
Alicia Davis Johnson
as Bank of America Executive
Staci Roberts Steele
as Seminar Greeter
Richard R. Corapi
as JP Morgan Employee
Colette Divine
as B Of A Lobby Security Guard
Candace McAdams
as Ceasar's Palace Pool Girl
Jamie Gliddon
as Casino Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Big Short

All Critics (321) | Top Critics (56)

Confronting these facts while snorting at how funny this film often can be is quite confounding.

January 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

McKay hasn't lost his touch as a director of comic performances, and the didactic format lets him shake off a lot of sodden Hollywood convention: the characters aren't required to learn spiritual lessons or even be particularly likeable.

January 22, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Adam McKay's raucous comedy... manages the unlikely feat of being wildly entertaining while telling a complex and ultimately depressing story.

January 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I came to The Big Short in a state of anticipation, only to be baffled at how smug, laborious and self-important it is, trying to combine Gordon Gekko sexiness with anti-banker correctness ...

January 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A big, clever chortle, full of sardonic insights into a time of woe.

January 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lots of pleasant bluster, but spreads itself a little too thin.

January 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Short


This is by far the most entertaining movie I never understood. There is massive amount of banking and stock exchange terminology here, but the characters, writing and direction make this such a fast and fun experience that you don't even mind. The cast is fantastic, the editing outstanding, only the shaky and sometimes out of focus camera may put off some viewers. Don't let the massively complex topic scare you off, yes the movie requires some concentration, but it is very rewarding, even though you will be immensely pissed during the end credits.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Hedge fund managers conspire to get rich off of the impending 2008 financial crisis. One of the funniest movies of the year just made me mad - as I suspect was its intention. Exposing the inequities in our financial system and the political machine that supports it, The Big Short fully explains CDOs and other derivatives for the common viewer without talking down to them. While at times the film is heavy-handed (the metonym for the regulatory commissions having heavy sunglasses [she's blind, get it?]) and the film's treatment of women is a little archaic (most of the female characters are "helpers"), when this film is on, it's energetic, insightful, and incredibly well-acted. Overall, if you had trouble understanding what happened in 2008 or on the stock market, try having Margot Robbie explain it to you from a bathtub.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Not as good as Margin Call, but more giddy-enjoyable and quirky with less wooden acting.

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_kelly .King

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