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Boiler Room Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    For a movie that begins so intriguingly, Boiler Room becomes boilerplate all too quickly.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Shouldn't be overrated, but it's the first film of the year - and it's mid-February already - capable of keeping a grown-up awake.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Younger, in his debut feature, is as canny as he is derivative.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Has the high-octane feel of real life, closely observed.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Good but mature movie. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the primary reason for the R rating is very strong language, including racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-semitic epithets. Characters smoke, drink, use drugs, and beat people up. Two characters have an affair, though nothing is shown.

  • Families can talk about how moral choices are made, how consequences are evaluated, and how difficulties in family communication can affect behavior outside the family. They might want to check out the film's Web site before seeing the movie, to familiarize themselves with terminology like IPO, cold call, and rip.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lots of bad behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some bar fights.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, couple has affair, nothing shown.

  • language false4

    Language: Extreme, including racist, anti-semitic, and homophobic comments.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extreme.