Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    88
    One of the most involving of the many first-rate thrillers that have come recently from Scandinavia.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 11, 2012
    100
    Easy Money is not merely an early-career curiosity. It's one of the best underworld films I've seen in years, and Kinnaman gives a fantastic performance in it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 9, 2012
    50
    Easy Money takes its time telling us how all the fortunes of all three men intersect, and the movie's failing - or at least its significant imperfection - is that when the stories and lifelines do converge, the results just aren't satisfying.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 13, 2012
    83
    Character is action, Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. It certainly is here.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 10, 2012
    80
    In a director's note Mr. Espinosa describes his fascination with "the idea of thief's honor" and with portraying criminals who, from their point of view, "are trying to do good through their own ethics." And this soul-searching quest lends Easy Money a depth rarely found in gangster films.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    JW is played brilliantly by Joel Kinnaman, who is familiar to American audiences of "The Killing" on AMC.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 12, 2012
    90
    This jazzy crime melodrama is engrossing and exhilarating because of Espinosa's impressive command of a wide range of filmmaking skills.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    So sobering an example of why crime doesn't pay that it could be shown to petty drug thugs to scare them straight.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 26, 2012
    88
    An English-language remake is in the works, but why wait for the Hollywood knockoff? Easy Money is the real thing: a great gangster pic.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Easy Money may well be the crime film of the year, or the decade.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 23, 2012
    75
    What really distinguishes it from any number of drug-escapade stories is the unusual and welcome sense of Dostoyevskian moral gravity of the narrative.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 13, 2012
    63
    Gritty visuals and a strong central performance elevate the routine crime story at the heart of Sweden's Easy Money, a sort of mash-up of "Goodfellas" and "The Great Gatsby."
  13. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 13, 2012
    90
    Easy Money's big heist scene is the only action set piece so far this year that was so suspenseful I could feel my heartbeat in my ears.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 12, 2012
    80
    Well acted and acutely observed, the film doesn't try to be a conventionally satisfying coke-land action film.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 24, 2012
    63
    Although this Swedish vehicle is thoughtfully engineered and has some vivid streaks of color, it could use a jump start to escape the vanilla ice.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 11, 2012
    83
    While overlong and occasionally too reliant on a formulaic set of motives to drive the action forward, Easy Money retains its suave composure right through the engrossing finale.
  17. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 10, 2012
    60
    It's obvious from Easy Money why Espinosa would be going places. So long as he takes Kinnaman with him, the gentleman can have our hard-earned cash.
  18. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    A class-conscious Scandinavian crime film whose impact is dulled by some extraneous subplots, Daniél Espinosa's Easy Money nevertheless makes a solid vehicle for Joel Kinnaman.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 10, 2012
    70
    A hit in its native Sweden as "Snabba Cash," the English title is a piece of cheap irony; this is a crime thriller where no one gets away clean, and every action has its irrevocable reaction.
  20. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    May 20, 2013
    60
    There's plenty here to show why director Daniel Espinosa caught Hollywood's eye, even if this pre-Safe House crime drama holds few surprises.
  21. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Aug 2, 2012
    75
    In some ways Easy Money recalls Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic." They have drug dealing in common, of course, but also a sense of constant swirl and density of onscreen population.
  22. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    A story stretched thinly between two many characters, without the dynamism or momentum to keep itself charging onwards.
  23. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jul 25, 2012
    83
    Swims forward with tenacious shark-like energy and therefore is sleek, efficient and utterly engaging.
  24. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 9, 2012
    75
    The story and cinematography are gritty, but the portraits of these characters are impressively human.
  25. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jul 10, 2012
    70
    Maria Karlsson's multilayered screenplay makes the film much more than just a crime thriller, beautifully incorporating themes of parents and children, misplaced values, and greed and corruption.
  26. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Jul 10, 2012
    50
    Betrayals will occur and loyalties will be tested, but it's the audience that ends up ripped off.
  27. Jul 10, 2012
    63
    The humanization of these antiheroic outlaws doesn't feel forced, but it does feel engineered, and there's never a viewer investment to match the story's wide expanse.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 17, 2012
    5
    I won't spend a ton of time on this review other than to say I anticipated this film extremely highly. I'm a fan of Joel Kinnaman from The Killing and Safe House, and the story looked terrific. Unfortunately, even though the acting is terrific (including the outstanding Serbian lead), the story just does NOT come together. Too many threads, not enough focus. I would have loved to have seen the writers give it another shot before they started filming. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    4
    This is a very disappointing movie that amazingly is made somewhat tolerable by the commanding presence of lead actor Joel Kinnaman. His portrayal of the naive chancer is so deserving of a better film. The story lacks context and focus and is surprisingly quite a drag lacking in any real tension,pace or cohesion. The last 20 minutes or so kick things into high gear, but for a two hour plus film it really is a case of too little too late. Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    6
    There's a lot I like about this gritty thriller based around the Serbian Mafia. You get an interesting insight into that world. The acting is fine, the characters are believable, but none of them are really likeable, even if you get shown that they have a human side. I suppose I'm old fashion and I like rooting for someone in a film. It's very full on, violent and intense with slick production and good music but a bit silly and contrived. Some odd moments that just make you laugh out loud. Like some guy in a room screaming in slow motion because he's had such a bad day Full Review »