|GAGA | Release Date: February 18, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The definitive representation of young American men at the start of the 21st century.
Pays off with emotional dividends well worth the time investment.
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.
Curiously intense, alertly principled, refreshingly uncynical movie.
The idea of the boiler room as a Y2K gladiator ring for disenfranchised youth provides a proactive new twist.
A classic Sundance résumé movie -- texturally interesting, bubbling with ideas, and as structurally predictable as a cardboard box.
For a movie that begins so intriguingly, Boiler Room becomes boilerplate all too quickly.
Boiler Room's behind-the-scenes veracity makes it highly compelling.
Generates very little heat.
Suffers by invoking better films about similar themes.
Blessed with some outstanding performances, among them Ribisi's.
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