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  • Summary: Easy Money is a Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm’s wealthy elite. To keep up the façade of his lifestyle, he’s lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he’s unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW’s journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Easy Money may well be the crime film of the year, or the decade.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jul 25, 2012
    83
    Swims forward with tenacious shark-like energy and therefore is sleek, efficient and utterly engaging.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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 Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. CMC
    Jul 20, 2012
    4
    This film is weak and feels like a TV production. Fast cutting and shaky cameras will only get you so far. Central casting did a good job, but all of the good acting is compromised by ridiculous overlays of attempted emotional depth. Do we really believe that the super-bad guys all have guilt, babies, and life-plans underneath all their badness? Not in this film for sure. The number of high reviews must point to the paucity of good films out there. The Talented Mr. Ripley this is not, although it wanted to be. Collapse
  4. 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. Expand

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