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The Laundromat (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it.

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When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world's wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming -- and very well-dressed -- founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Golden Globe nominee Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen's predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world's corrupt financial system.

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Streep as Ellen is also wonderful, and only gets more fun to watch the closer her unassuming, middle-aged character gets to unraveling the machinations of the unfathomably rich.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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Soderbergh keeps the heavy themes light and even playful, and Streep rides the film's sardonic wave in a double role that sees her donning a garish disguise as a Panamanian office worker.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The Laundromat is unwieldy at times, and its final scene is truly befuddling. But it's worth watching not just for its bitterly entertaining explanation of a densely confusing matter but also the way it illustrates a larger problem.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A disappointment.

October 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While there are certainly elements here that disappoint, there's also a sense of Burns and Soderbergh applying themselves to a potentially impossible challenge.

October 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Soderbergh knows how to entice us into paying attention, and entertain us until we are willing to think.

October 10, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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