'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Review Roundup: Critics Lavish Praise On Latest Leonardo DiCaprio Flick
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese teamed up once again for The Wolf of Wall Street. In the much-hyped film, DiCaprio plays an amoral stockbroker by the name of Jordan Belfort, who is bathing in millions upon millions of earnings by his mid 20s.
Instead of tackling the story, which is rooted in a true story of a Wall Street banker, in a straightforward dramatic fashion like he did in The Departed, Scorcese gives The Wolf of Wall Street a sense of humor. It’s the director’s return to the form of dark comedy that has critics gushing about the Academy Award contender. What Belfort attains truly is an embarrassment of riches, with his money paying for every drug available and every girl his status can buy.
Critics Review ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
“They smile. They whisper in our ears. They are that small, insinuating voice in the shadows and they say — Whaddaya, a mook? Ya wanna be poor all your life? Come and be rich. Come and be me. It's the explicit come-on of The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's gleefully vulgar, bitterly funny return to his world of handsome, heartless, hell-bound seducers. […] What makes the film truly authentic is the intimacy.… And just as [DiCaprio’s character] reeled us in, like the best conmen, he pretends to retreat, only so we'll pursue.” – Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger
"The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t a celebration of bad behavior: It’s a condemnation. Scorsese just allows you to share in the fun young millionaires can afford to have and lets you get drunk with them. Eventually, though, the party must end, as they always do, and most will leave the theater exhilarated and relieved at being part of the 99 percent." – Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald.
"As Jordan Belfort, a New York stockbroker who spent years cheerfully defrauding investors, DiCaprio is positively reptilian; he spits out his lines with a nasty glee. You’re both horrified and enchanted by this creature — a monster in Armani. You won’t fall in love with anyone in this movie (except maybe Cristin Milioti, touchingly sweet in a few scenes as Jordan’s roadkill first wife), but its three hours zip by as quickly as Jordan makes money.” – Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"Three hours long and stuffed to the gills, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is one of the funniest yet most depressing movies of Martin Scorsese’s long career—a celebration and evisceration of male savagery, financial division. It’s like “Goodfellas,” only (slightly) more legal, which is very much the point.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
In addition to Dicaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jean Dujardin, Matthew McConaughey and Kyle Chandler. It’s currently in wide release.
– Chelsea Regan