• Studio: GAGA
  • Release Date: Feb 18, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
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  1. The definitive representation of young American men at the start of the 21st century.
  2. 88
    Pays off with emotional dividends well worth the time investment.
  3. 88
    Has the high-octane feel of real life, closely observed.
  4. Reflects the sensibility of the generation it holds up to critical scrutiny, and it's a cunningly ambiguous act of self-portraiture.
  5. 80
    Takes us inside the consciousness and the coded masculine world of a single character.
  6. 78
    Remarkable debut feature by New Yorker Ben Younger.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Shouldn't be overrated, but it's the first film of the year - and it's mid-February already - capable of keeping a grown-up awake.
  8. Younger, in his debut feature, is as canny as he is derivative.
  9. Ends up being empty, anti-climactic and overlong.
  10. 70
    Made with confidence that borders on bravado, and sometimes it shows more conviction than it does grace.
  11. As a piece of journalism then, Boiler Room is first class.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Curiously intense, alertly principled, refreshingly uncynical movie.
  13. 70
    This pitch-perfect, richly detailed portrait of raw greed works very well.
  14. 70
    The idea of the boiler room as a Y2K gladiator ring for disenfranchised youth provides a proactive new twist.
  15. 70
    You come away from Boiler Room eager to see what Younger will do next.
  16. 67
    A classic Sundance résumé movie -- texturally interesting, bubbling with ideas, and as structurally predictable as a cardboard box.
  17. 63
    For a movie that begins so intriguingly, Boiler Room becomes boilerplate all too quickly.
  18. 63
    Boiler Room's behind-the-scenes veracity makes it highly compelling.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Derivative and flawed. But it does throw off a few sparks.
  20. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Isn't a must-see, but it's definitely worthwhile.
  21. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Begins extremely well as a saga of greed and conspicuous consumption, but gradually loses its bite.
  22. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    Tries too hard to prove it has a "heart" when the whole point is that its subjects do not.
  23. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    If Boiler Room isn't an especially challenging movie, it's still a damn good melodrama -- a boilermaker.
  24. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Fails to single out one plot thread and make a claim to it.
  25. 50
    First-time filmmaker Ben Younger makes not a single false move when delineating the merciless, high-testosterone world of boiler-room brokerages.
  26. Generates very little heat.
  27. Writer-director Ben Younger has sketched the foreground of this picture but never gets around to filling in the details.
  28. Fascinating -- up to a point.
  29. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    Tries to make larger points, but it trips over itself just trying to make the small ones.
  30. 42
    Suffers by invoking better films about similar themes.
  31. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Mostly this film skims by on the surface, its conflict and climax visible from the opening five minutes.
  32. 38
    Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
  33. 30
    Fast-paced editing doesn't compensate for unconvincing dialogue.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    Superb acting and an intriguing dramatic storyline makes Boiler Room a great movie few have heard of. Fantastic performances abound by Ribisi,Superb acting and an intriguing dramatic storyline makes Boiler Room a great movie few have heard of. Fantastic performances abound by Ribisi, Diesel, Long, Katt, Canan, and Affleck. The storyline is fast paced and takes you into the world of greed and crime. It is hard to feel sympathetic for anyone in the movie but at the same time one grieves with the predicament of Ribisi and hopes that Diesel escapes with a bit of dignity. I wouldn't have expected to like this reading the synopsis and looking at the cover art but I have to say I was quite surprised by how much it has stuck in my mind after seeing it. Full Review »
  2. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    Ribisi is quite decidedly my favorite actor, so I could be slightly prejudice in my opinion of this one, but I don't think so. Usually Ribisi is quite decidedly my favorite actor, so I could be slightly prejudice in my opinion of this one, but I don't think so. Usually I'd balk at watching something Vin Diesel is involved in, but I actually thought he was pretty good in this. There are some unusual faces in there- Jamie Kenedy, Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel- not exactly names I'd have billed together in my mind, but it works. A movie that convince you of it's world- and the technicalities of it- always entice, even when the portrayal of the world isn't accurate. Prison movies that show the more 'durable' aspect of prison (shawshank redemption) and even movies like Sideways that are all about the specifics of the world the characters live in seem to hold allure because it offers us the chance to feel like an insider in situations we would never find our selves, and makes us feel part of a group. Hooray for Giovanni, may he live long and make many MANY more films along the same vein. Full Review »