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The Wizard of Lies (2017)



Critic 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.

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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 family's destruction.

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Robert De Niro
as Bernie Madoff
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Ruth Madoff
Alessandro Nivola
as Mark Madoff
Nathan Darrow
as Andrew Madoff
Kristen Connolly
as Stephanie Madoff
Lily Rabe
as Catherine Hooper
Hank Azaria
as Frank DiPascali
Diana B. Henriques
as Diana B. Henriques
Kathrine Narducci
as Eleanor Squillari
Steve Coulter
as Martin London
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (26)

It should come as no surprise that, through it all, De Niro's Madoff remains an enigma - an android-like con man prone to blank stares and remorseless, matter-of-fact statements when questioned about his reprehensible actions.

July 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Pfeiffer stole the show as Madoff's wife Ruth, nervously chain-smoking her way through a scandal she naively knew nothing about.

July 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At the end of the film, we might have a better understanding of how this giant Ponzi scheme unfolded, but we still have no idea why it happened-a significant shortcoming for an HBO movie with this kind of pedigree.

July 20, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The best scenes in "The Wizard of Lies" just put Mr. De Niro in a room opposite his co-stars, and let him go to work.

July 20, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not a terrible piece of work, but the most you can claim for it is a kind of bloodless competence.

December 28, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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