The Laundromat (2019) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hohum Score

91

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In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of a flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 49 out of 207 found boring (23.67%)

One-line Reviews (124)

Unfortunately the storyline is completely uninteresting without any suspense or explanation.

Entertaining, Educational,Eye Opening .

Yes, the message comes across loud and clear about the dilemma of fraudulent insurance scams, tax evasions and shell companies, but the storytelling is haphazard, disjointed and feeble at best.

With a director like Steven Soderbergh who is admittedly doing as great a job as ever, performers like Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright (who are only some of the notables here) lighting up the screen, and an overall story that is intriguing on its surface, this is a film that's ruined by its structure.

He really managed to make such a dry topic entertaining.

Liberal propaganda .

This movie is without doubt, the most disappointing and worst movie ever to come out of Hollywood and unfortunately a class actor like Meryl Streep has been associated with it.

Story is boring, acting is boring, photography is boring.

It seemed like the main characters storyline it started of with, was worth watching.

Had a great message but also entertaining along the way.

However, a bunch of disjointed stories where people are conned by people who trusted them to handle their finances does nothing to highlight this issue.

It was soooo disjointed and disappointing.

It's the stories here that, while entertaining to an extent, fail to create the outrage that is obviously hoped for.

Good job making a complicated affair entertaining and mostly comprehensible .

I very much enjoyed it!

Great idea, but slow.

Like many, hoped for en entertaining movie like Big Short or Wold of Wall Street.

The movie complies by trying to explain what the business world is like and how the money laundering concept works in an entertaining and fun way.

Worth watching if you just don't know what you are in the mood for.

as boring as watching grass grow

Boring .

It's confusing, disjointed, and, well, just plain not good.

This movie was very confusing and it jumped around too much.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

This movie begins and ends at a very slow pace, with very little meat in the middle of the story.

This film suffers significantly from the beginning moments with Mossack and Fonseca in contrived scenes with them talking to the camera and attempting to explain financial schemes in horrible accents that make it even more muddled.

Entertaining but ultimately disjointed and ineffective...

Entertaining, Educational, Eye Opening .

Steven Soderbergh's Fast-Paced Financial Dramedy "The Laundromat" Is Hugely Entertaining .

Financial stories can be tedious and dry .

very intriguing .

This was probably the worst movie that I've very seen on Netflix.

Tries to be fun but falls flat with its boring direction.

The cast is fantastic and the movie itself is very entertaining.

Nearly Unwatchable .

Overall, I found the movie pretty exciting and give it 8.5* (I rated it 10* to increase the score that is too low, IMO.

Confusing .

Well worth the watch.

Fun, entertaining and well executed .

First Hit: Confusing in presentation and often meandering away from the point, this movie fails in presenting how shell companies work to launder money and how it's hidden from governments.

There are two smarmy narrators and confusing animations to tell the story.

Pure waste of time.

This seems like it could make for an interesting story and while that set-up is intriguing, this movie has a very messy and muddled way of presenting it or even getting its audience engaged.

what a waste of time and money to make this pile of headache giving tripe ....

A Well-Intentioned But Pretentious Muddle .

But overall, this movie is not as good, interesting, moving, entertaining that I could have been.

Very boring .

Educational and fascinating.

Entertaining and great cast.

It is slow.

It is more boring and a drag for its short running time.

This is quirky stuff, sometimes funny, sometimes quite scary but on the whole pretty entertaining.

There were too many narrative strands and loose ends that attempted to tell a larger picture of the gross corruption of the world's elite, but it just became disjointed and uninteresting.

Also confusing offshoring with tax avoidance.

IT'S A HOT MESS-AND YET, IT'S WORTH WATCHING.

Entertaining.

Waste of Time .

Unfortunately the movie is too slow.

It was light, entertaining, a provocative story telling a difficult truth about our times.

Because of these cuts and the way of it tells each story, it cheapens the film and also makes the main story hollow and dull.

It's about anonymous in this event but obviously the text part is truly boring to speak out.

As long as the film stays with this intriguing character and her dilemma, the movie totally engages.

The Oldman character was hard work and the Panama whistle blower looked odd and was confusing having the same person playing two parts.

There are ill-timed and confusing graphics thrown into the mix while watching the story, and there are additional maudlin scenes of Ellen with her daughter and grandchildren in Las Vegas where Ellen and Joe had met.

The plot is boring, convoluted, and dull.

What this film does with the subject however makes the movie entertaining from the first to last minute.

Even this one with the great Meryl Streep was a total waste of time, so boring that I spent the whole time scrolling my phone.

The story the movie tells is fascinating and one that needs to be told.

This is an enjoyable, funny, exposing portrayal of the corrupt system of offshore accounts and how some apparently disconnected events share links back to the corruption at work.

Its a big yawn from me.

Burns for the fourth consecutive time, director Steven Soderbergh mines well-crafted narrative territory and comedy-drama tones with a series of vignettes that are both engaging and intricate in terms of research, subject matter and execution.

At worst, they're dishonest and insulting--instructing us under the guise of art and entertainment and using the same didactic tactics otherwise decried as propaganda.

The actors wasted their acting only on weird accents and pointless grimaces.

This mixed with the unique style of Steven Soderbergh results in a quirky and entertaining movie about a rather boring topic.

Entertaining and informative.

Obviously actress Meryl Streep gives a solid performance but the film's style, dull story telling and odd cinematography as well as editing makes the film overall patchy and dull.

Don't waste your time.

Hollywood being self indulgent as usual.

Boring, tedious and just not worth watching .

The information that is shared could be insightful for some and boring for others...

4/10 - an empty true story that even the immensely talented Meryl Streep couldn't fill

Not because the subject matter is complicated, but because the film needs a plot and can't find one, while the script is a weird mix between drivel and self-indulgence.

Different genre, bad acting, but worth watching, because...

While their dialogue did not always make a lot of sense, they were engaging and humorous and, you could tell that they were enjoying every bit of their con man performance.

If you have half a brain and attention span and an interest in and memory of major international news events, it is an enjoyable raven-black comedy about a very serious matter.

Long dragged out unnecessary scenes and terrible pacing, made this dark comedy a nonsense, that a 5th grader could've presented this story much better.

It has a refreshing style for sure and maybe watched by a lot of folks who need the truth put forth to be in this entertaining format.

Worth the watch .

This is just a disjointed series of vignettes without a sense of a common thread; you need to know the specific background (the Panama papers scandal) to have an idea of what is going on in the movie.

Pure Propaganda .

However, it still felt bland to me at times.

It is boring.

Don't get me wrong, "The Laundromat" is sometimes entertaining but it's also confusing and at times boring.

In my 31 years of movie watching, this night be the only time I've said out loud: "that's maybe the worst movie I've ever seen", during the final credits.

There are nearly forty other actors playing roles in this story, but because the story is confusingly contrived, no one character is developed.

A story about global money-laundering by oligarchs is a compelling story.

A movie/docu-drama that tries so hard to examine the problem of financial inequality but ends up coming across as pretentious twaddle.

There is also a "twist" element in the film which I found far too predictable and ridiculous.

Needless propaganda piece.

And boring, Boring.

And, of course, if Meryl Streep is in it, you just know it will be worth watching.

If you want something entertaining then you're out of luck here..

A mix of unrelated, pointless stories that lead to an even more pointless finale - Meryl streep taking off the custom of the secraterry (was she talking to herself on the phone?!

Everything under the netflix umbrella is boring.

Everything perfectly done but it's so so boring.

It is odd, unconventional, unpredictable, funny, serious, creative and very cynical.

It became very boring to watch and to me the film lost it's meaning.

First Hit: Confusing in presentation and often meandering away from the point, this movie fails in presenting how shell companies work to launder money.

So boring ....

Why do we have titles about secrets like Secret 1 screw the meek stopping is predictable action?

The movie itself was entertaining except for the poorly done backgrounds that became a distraction.

Don't waste your time.

This movie is about a very boring subject.

It blows through parts that involve complicated thought processing banking moments and then slows to a crawl to establish something completely mundane that should typically require 30 seconds.

Difficult to watch, quite boring even if there is a bunch of good actors

Enjoyable exposé of offshore banking .

Her character's storyline is very intriguing, and you care what happens to her.

Extremely Boring .

It's entertaining all the way through.

Worst Movie ever .

Liberal Propaganda .

Don't waste your time watching this.

It seemed a clumsy attempt at a primitive political propaganda.

once you know that movie , for me at least, started to get a bit boring ...