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  • Summary: Gordon Gekko is back and his iconic "Greed is Good" mantra made him a rock star of financial titans. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. He now has to play catch-up and redefine himself in a different era. He has to become relevant again. But a young, idealistic investment banker learns the hard way that Gekko is still a master manipulator and if there's one place where you can redefine yourself, one place where you relevance is a deal away, it's Wall Street. (Fox Movies) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Among an excellent cast, Douglas truly is the nexus; he and Stone make this sequel pay off big-time.
  2. With the woes of Wall Street constantly in the headlines, Oliver Stone could not have picked a better time to reignite Wall Street.
  3. 75
    Stone has a knack for pacing, detail and atmosphere that manages to feel authentic and fancifully allegorical at the same time.
  4. 63
    It's almost kitschy - the way Stone injects himself into a couple of scenes, an eccentric Eli Wallach cameo, the inclusion of a Charlie Sheen moment that flat out winks at the audience.
  5. A lot of Money Never Sleeps - too much - is about Gekko père's desire to reconnect with his very angry daughter.
  6. The film whipsaws between hyperbolic character study and preachy account of the recent financial meltdown. The two story lines are not well-integrated.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeVore
    38
    The pretentious title might be trying to make a statement about the new, fast-moving economy. It's also a weak reference to the first Wall Street. But mainly, no, it's just pretentious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Oct 9, 2010
    10
    "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps , as far as sequels go is stunning and immersible , Cleverly written , with Micheal Douglas bringing back his iconic role as Gecko , But the real show stealer is newcomer Shia Labouf who delivers an Oscar worthy performance" .. A+ Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2010
    8
    This sequel takes up 8 years after Gekko has been released from jail and the economy is going crazy. Although his influence is felt throughout, this narrative follows a driven young stockbroker (Shia LaBeouf) and his girlfriend (Carey Mulligan), who happens to be Gekko's daughter. Navigating the financial details is a challenge, but the basics of love and revenge are pretty clearly spelled out. Director Oliver Stone is at the top of his game: rich locations, attractive cinematography, snazzy editing and uniformly rich performances. If only the screenplay were a little less trite and filled with attempts at profundity, it would be a great film. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    7
    Esta pelicula me gusto, no tanto pero me gusto, la vi dramatica y en algunas escenas tibia, veo que esta secuela no causo el mismo impacto que la primera. Expand
  4. Oct 6, 2010
    6
    Oliver Stone loves conspiracy theories, and this movie is no exception. "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps" has splendid cinematography and some fine acting from always watchable Michael Douglas (back as Gordon Gekko), and Josh Brolin. Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan are only OK. This Wall Street is better than the last, but during the second half the plot sort of falls apart, and the dialog is poor. That said, the subject is compelling and the movie has a nice take on the Bear Stearns/ Lehman Brothers mess in 2008. Worth seeing. But you can wait for the DVD Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2010
    5
    In the first Wall Street film, Oliver Stone made a very straight-forward, dialogue heavy film that focused on the business and dirty dealings of Wall Street stockbroker industry. And what we got was a film with an amazing performance from Michael Douglas surrounded with endlessly dull talking business deal scenes and a horrible performance from Charlie Sheen. The film just didn't even make the characters likeable or dislikeable or even have discernable personalities. With this second Wall Street film, Stone almost goes the complete opposite way of the first, adding numerous unnecessary flourishes such as motorcycle scenes, crazy taxi drivers, and long shots of rich people's jewelry that really distract you from the characters. Stone needs to find the balance. The acting this time around was good, and the chemistry between LaBeouf, Mulligan, and Douglas is amazing. It's just that I still don't care about the business talk, or even quite frankly, the stock market industry. Maybe it's just that the topic of the movie doesn't interest me, but Money Never Sleeps was another disappointment. Expand
  6. Dec 26, 2010
    4
    Wall Street 2 doesn't live up to its original also starring Michael Douglas. It falls flat on every point that it was trying to make, Shia LaBoeuf's performance is a shame, and the movie simply bores.
    The original with Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen is enjoyable and scandalous, the updated version is dull and annoying. Although Michael Douglas's performance almost match up to his original performance, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps makes us & the money sleep. OscarBuzz: Best Actor (Michael Douglas, very long shot)
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  7. Oct 4, 2010
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Am I missing something here? This is one of the worst films I have ever seen. I spent most of the film wondering, "Is this a joke?". One thing I will say is that there are some fine actors in this movie but they play such one dimensional, unlikeable, and inconsistent characters that their talent is completely wasted. Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko is the best part of this movie, but the ending completely ruins that. None of the motives of these characters make any sense, the plot makes no sense, and much of the financial "jargon" used makes no sense. The dialogue is not intelligent, it comes straight from CNBC and Fox News. So many horrible things about this film:

    1. Stone's gratuitous special effects
    2. A completely dated look and dull cinematography often makes one wonder if we're still in 1987. I understand Stone was trying to capture the vibe of the original (complete with a David Byrne soundtrack!) but my the result is simply painful to watch for a film set in 2008
    3. An embarrassing cameo from Charlie Sheen
    4. The central romantic pairing is unconvincing and impossible to get behind
    5. The pacing is completely off, never giving a clear sense of time passing and repeatedly relies on newspaper headings and tv anchors to provide narration

    I know better than to go into a Stone film expecting a light touch, but does every aspect of this movie have to ooze heavy handedness? The absolute atrociousness of this film could actually develop into a cult following. Move over Twilight, next time a play a movie drinking game, this will be at the top of my list.
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