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"Greed is Good." This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko's inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko's wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox "reform"-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"The sensibility of this movie is so adolescent that it's hard to take it as seriously as the filmmakers intend us to."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Wall Street isn't a movie to make one think. It simply confirms what we all know we should think, while giving us a tantalizing, Sidney Sheldon-like peek into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the rich and powerful."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"...an eye-opening behind-the-scenes glimpse at an almost alien landscape."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Some of the 1980s-era details may seem a bit dated, and the movie's attitude toward women is slightly despicable, but the overall story arc, echoing the "Faust" tale, is timeless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's solid, but no showcase for HD."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Watching Oliver Stone's Wall Street is about as wordy and dreary as reading the financial papers accounts of the rise and fall of an Ivan Boesky-type arbitrageur."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With its posturing politics and cardboard characterizations, Wall Street is not up to [Oliver Stone's] past standards."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"For a motion picture that, at the time of shooting, was intended to be relatively hip and cutting-edge, it is now so laughably outdated it almost feels like science-fiction."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"...blustery and unsophisticated, like many of the movies of Oliver Stone."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"a compelling drama that is exceedingly well acted (with the obvious exception of the wretched Daryl Hannah)"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Dramatically inept, the film also muddles its naïve moralising."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"In Wall Street...you will see the evil, capitalistic impulses of man. Towards the end, you will see the self-righteous impulses of liberal finger-waggers. It's hard to tell which is worse."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Like the rest of Stone's oeuvre, it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. But his filmmaking style is like heavy metal: When he hits the right chords, nobody plays with as much power or brash energy."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"All the performances are excellent with the emotional highlights including the father/son emotional angst between Sheen and his real life father Martin Sheen."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A big, glossy movie that satirises the whole yuppie ethos more than anything else."
‑ , Film4
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