The Bank


Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Will connect with anyone who ever had a bad experience with a bank or finance company, and provides a satisfyingly loathsome character in Anthony LaPaglia's engaging protrayal of a corporate shark.
  2. A hokey but highly entertaining tale of corporate greed that should be especially satisfying if you're pissed off at big business.
  3. 75
    The Bank, despite its faulty finale, is a fun and thrilling ride.
  4. The film is not without its flaws, but it sports a terrific production design that integrates magically into the story -- as well as another top-notch performance by Anthony LaPaglia.
  5. It blends an intriguing concept with a suspenseful plot, and the result is a gripping 103 minutes at the movies.
  6. 70
    Like "Wall Street" before it, The Bank never amounts to more than a glossy comic book, and first-time writer-director Robert Connolly stumbles with his plotting and his direction of Wenham.
  7. The upshot is a whopper of an ending that is as silly as it is satisfying.
  8. The sleek, well-oiled, well-acted The Bank, while as meaty as a steak, is short on sizzle.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Handsomely shot and edited, The Bank benefits greatly from the brutal ministrations of LaPaglia,
  10. Though the script's twists and turns are fairly conventional and the Davis subplot is handled in an awkwardly obvious way, first-time feature filmmaker Robert Connolly understands the power of style.
  11. 50
    Like the film itself, Jim Doyle is smart enough to be engaging and lovely to look at, but he's too one-dimensional to be satisfying.
  12. Polished and visualized with a sharp sense of place, writer-director Robert Connolly's drama is propped up by bogus science (the relationship between stock undulations and the Mandelbrot set is never made plausible), and the characters are paint-by-numbers.
  13. 38
    Despite a crafty premise and a clever kink in the tale that almost saves it, Connolly isn't dexterous enough to achieve the Hitchockian level of suspense the movie needs.
  14. 30
    LaPaglia brings the hero into a world of greed and compromised values, but his fork-tongued monologues aren't remotely seductive, which makes the ending a foregone conclusion.
  15. Neither a stimulating satire nor a serious exposure of the operations of the finance industry.

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