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      Too Big to Fail

      TV-14 2011 1 hr. 38 min. Drama List
      77% 30 Reviews Tomatometer 75% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Financial leaders (William Hurt, Billy Crudup) spring into action when the U.S. economy falters in 2008. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 18 Buy Now

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      Too Big to Fail has too sharp a script and superlative a cast to ever feel disposable, even when it teeters toward being an efficient explainer of recent history instead of a fully-realized drama.

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      Tony S This is the same story told in The Big Short and Inside Job, told from the perspective of the government officials involved in the great housing meltdown of 2008. Interesting movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/29/23 Full Review tim p Completely ignorant piece of shit movie glorifying the actions of the SEC chairman after his involvement in the greatest financial crime in history. For a more accurate description of the cause and events leading up to the collapse of 08, I would recommend Inside job, narrated by Matt Damon. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/05/23 Full Review steve d Scary but interesting take on an important real-world event. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Right now, more than ever, this is a good reminder that those in charge, are not those looking to make solutions. They want profit and will continue in history to sell a false reality to make more money and gain more power. If anything, this movie just continued to make me realize that you should use a Credit Union and never a national bank. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A fast-paced, exhilarating, and accurate recount of the events surrounding one of history's greatest financial meltdowns. What's more - the cast perfectly fit the real-world protagonists, a who's who list that includes Dick Fuld, Hank Paulson, and Ben Bernanke. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Quinn R The acting was really good and it was interesting to see behind the scenes of the 2008 crash. I learned a lot but was still very confused at times. (60%) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/28/19 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ed Cumming Daily Telegraph (UK) As a documentary, Too Big to Fail was excellent, with credible performances, a taut script and the expected HBO varnish. As a drama, its flaw was that for all the alpha male hubris on display, there was no redemptive suffering. Sep 1, 2020 Full Review Scott Tobias AV Club Without taking an partisan position on what happened... Too Big To Fail simply and clearly explicates a chilling moment in recent history. And for that, it has value. Jun 26, 2018 Full Review Alan Sepinwall Uproxx Takes a topic that could have felt like homework and turns it into effective entertainment - even if that entertainment might teach you something along the way. Jun 26, 2018 Full Review Phil Hogan Observer (UK) For a film shot in dimly lit offices inhabited by unattractively driven men in suits barking financial twaddle at one other, it was surprisingly involving. Sep 1, 2020 Full Review Jeremy Aspinall Radio Times The standout performance comes from Hurt, whose careworn Paulson is at the centre of the maelstrom that has had such a serious impact on the global economy. It's informative but gripping and scary, too. Rated: 3/5 Sep 1, 2020 Full Review Mark A. Perigard Boston Herald As gripping as any episode of "24" in its heyday... Jun 26, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Financial leaders (William Hurt, Billy Crudup) spring into action when the U.S. economy falters in 2008.
      Director
      Curtis Hanson
      Screenwriter
      Peter Gould
      Production Co
      Spring Creek Productions, Deuce Three Prods., Home Box Office (HBO), HBO Films
      Rating
      TV-14 (L|D)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
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