McKay cowrote The Big Short's screenplay with Charles Randolph, and they know how to keep an audience engaged, broadcasting this knowledge often, as both parody and indictment.
Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, 2016-01-02
It's funny because it's true. And it's tragic and frightening for the same reason.
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2015-12-25
The Big Short is an angry, fiery movie disguised as a comedy.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2015-12-24
The Big Short manages to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. But its ominous revelations linger long after it's over.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-12-23
Thanks to Anchorman (2004) auteur Adam McKay's caustic comedy The Big Short, the events of the great economic meltdown of 2008 are beginning to make sense.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-12-23
It's an expertly calibrated entertainment, giving the actors room to play and reframing industry jargon as simple, elegant metaphors... And McKay orchestrates it all so deftly that you might not even notice how angry he is - or at least not right away.
Norman Wilner, Toronto Star, 2015-12-23
Ultimately, The Big Short should outrage us, once we understand the sheer larceny that went on with other people's money, and which crippled the world economy. En route to that, it entertains us.
Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun, 2015-12-23
The Big Short sticks in the throat. You laugh at it only because you can't believe it was this awful -- that people were (and are) this awful. It's the horror movie soundtracked with nervous, incredulous giggles wrung from the rot of the soul.
Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Morning News, 2015-12-23
McKay makes a smart, snarky crisis tragicomedy from the real estate boom and bust. His film balances sardonic character sketches with sober mockery of a culture gone mad with market mania.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-12-23
Far from being a dry economics lesson, "The Big Short" is an unsparing look at corporate skullduggery and its consequences - and the rare mainstream film with political bite.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-12-22
The really neat feat of The Big Short is getting us to care about these dollar-hungry sharks and other erstwhile profiteers, and to laugh at their desperate dealings, even if we don't always understand what it is they're doing ...
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2015-12-22
"The Big Short" manages to entertain you while making you really, really mad.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-12-22
McKay utilizes A-list talent and creative filmmaking to go with subprime rates and credit debt, though what it amounts to is the hyper-cool version of a boring economics lesson you slept through in college.
Brian Truitt, USA Today, 2015-12-22
See the movie. It's a treat. And educational, too.
Soren Anderson, Seattle Times, 2015-12-22
[It] works as a companion piece to 99 Homes, a film from this year about a laid-off construction worker...Both films capture the deep sense of desperation that comes with a financial crisis and the collateral damage that's left in its path.
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2015-12-21
Against all odds, The Big Short works. In fact, "works" is an understatement for what director Adam McKay has achieved with his improbable adaptation of Michael Lewis' nonfiction book about the 2008 global financial crisis.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2015-12-21
One of the most appealing things about this very appealing movie -- a stylistic Chex Mix of storytelling, satire, advocacy, and clip art -- is its high regard for the intellect of the viewer.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2015-12-14
It's a movie for that modern American experience of looking around and seeing so much corporate corruption that one's head might explode.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press, 2015-12-11