The Wizard of Lies
The Wizard of Lies (2017)

Adaptation of journalist Diana B. Henriques' account of financier Bernie Madoff's orchestration of one of the largest frauds in U.S. history that led to financial ruin for thousands of investors and, in the process, his own… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Wizard of Lies doesn't really shed much new light on its fact-based story, but thanks to solid direction and a talented cast, it still proves consistently watchable.

Josephine Livingstone
The New Republic

The Wizard of Lies is a movie with a terrible name and some mediocre aspects. But great central performances from two icons of the silver screen make it necessary watching.

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Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

As Ruth, Pfeiffer convincingly portrays a pampered woman left with utterly nothing - she's lost her homes, status and, most important, her relationship with her sons.

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Alex Arabian
Film Inquiry

As choppy and dragging as it may be at times, and although it doesn't offer any revelations, The Wizard Of Lies is an intimate and sobering look at family betrayal.

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Melanie McFarland

What Wizard of Lies lacks in terms of a broader historical span is compensated for by telling Madoff's tale as a classical tragedy about hubris and human cost - only in this case we watch as the villain's wife and children take the brunt of the toll.

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John Doyle
Globe and Mail

At the end, there is a payoff of sorts for the viewer.

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Diane Pershing
Malibu Times

If you want a thorough history lesson about this horrendous scandal, The Wizard of Lies is for you. If you want to see Robert DeNiro at the top of his craft... this is for you. If you rejoice in a fine script, brilliant direction... this is for you.

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Robert Rorke
New York Post

[The Wizard of Lies] achieves its greatest power as a character study.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Levinson does a solid job for the most part.

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Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

The shame of this film is it that shows Madoff to be just a nice old guy who finally got caught, not the cold-hearted, evil sociopath that he really was. Michelle Pfeiffer steals the show as Madoff's wife, Ruth, and is a remarkable lookalike.

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