Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  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. It blends an intriguing concept with a suspenseful plot, and the result is a gripping 103 minutes at the movies.
  5. 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.
  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 sleek, well-oiled, well-acted The Bank, while as meaty as a steak, is short on sizzle.
  8. The upshot is a whopper of an ending that is as silly as it is satisfying.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Handsomely shot and edited, The Bank benefits greatly from the brutal ministrations of LaPaglia,
  10. Reviewed by: Emily Nunn
    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.
  11. 50
    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.
  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. Reviewed by: Vicky Dimitrakopoulos
    Neither a stimulating satire nor a serious exposure of the operations of the finance industry.

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