The Laundromat (2019) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of 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: 79 out of 330 found boring (23.93%)

One-line Reviews (190)

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?!

This film is ultimately propaganda filled at its finest, not even giving you the facts and you come to your conclusion.

Confusing and poorly executed .

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

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

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

Fun, entertaining and well executed .

A Poor boring film .

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

Entertaining and great cast.

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.

So boring ....

Also confusing offshoring with tax avoidance.

It is boring.

Disjointed and unfunny despite the noble intentions .

Worst Movie ever.

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

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.

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

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

Meryl Streep plays the lead in this film and she tries her best in the role and clearly cares about her role but her character is pretty boring.

Entertaining, important, but disjointed .

poorly structured and confusing, it really fails to deliver its message and it doesn't explain the financial mess we're in convincingly.

Hollywood being self indulgent as usual.

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.

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

It doesn't difers much from the likes of Big Short, it employs the same documentarist tools to explain every necessary concept to the viewer, yet remains fun and entertaining.

Liberal Propaganda .

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

Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are easily the best part of this film, they have very good chemistry together in their roles and was the most entertaining part of the film.

How does anyone make Meryl Streep seem boring?

Entertaining and informative.

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.

Weird, slow, and didn't know what it was trying to be until the end you realise it's a SJW film of rich people whining about rich people.

The plot is boring, convoluted, and dull.

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.

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

Entertaining, Educational,Eye Opening .

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

Enjoyable and enlightening .

Enjoyable exposé of offshore banking .

Enjoyable if a little basic .

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

Thank you so much for making these issues so easy to understand in such a fun and entertaining way!

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

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.

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.

Boring .

Complete waste of time.

What a self-indulgent waste of time and talent.

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

Self indulgent protest film .

Boring and confusing .

Pure Propaganda .

Financial stories can be tedious and dry .

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

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

Pure waste of time.

Entertaining and interesting - attempts to explain the Panama Papers in terms for the many to understand.

Too much narration and the film ends with big Hollywood on it's soap box preaching it's liberal propaganda.

Well worth the watch.

Play one of the most confusing and dumbest movies I've ever seen in my whole life!

Oldman and Banderas are witty and focused, but captured against the banality of the rest of the film merely serve to illustrate why sheep have a shepherd.

Worst Movie ever .

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.

And boring, Boring.

It's more a collection of vignettes, but I like how they used entertaining characters to break down the American financial system.

A crying shame considering how engaging a film like The Big Short can make financial institutional corruption through dramatisation.

I very much enjoyed it!

It wasn't the worst, but they tried too hard to deviate from a 'normal' movie plot line and in doing so, just made a very confusing and basically pointless movie.

It's mind boggling that this can be "legal" and laws need to change.

Beyond Boring, A Movie That Should Never Have Been Made .

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

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.

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

Utter complete waste of time!

The enjoyable part was the criminal activities.

Worth the watch!

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

It is slow.

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

Confusing anti capitalist manifesto from Hollywood .

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

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

Its a big yawn from me.

Great idea, but slow.

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

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.

Boring and Self-Congratulatory .

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.

very intriguing .

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

It's well filmed and brought, and even if it's very far away from my way of life, and that I still don't understand half of the possible scams, it's entertaining.

Worth the watch.

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

It seemed a clumsy attempt at a primitive political propaganda.

Everything under the netflix umbrella is boring.

Enjoyable .

It's entertaining all the way through.

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.

Don't waste your time.

Overall this is a pretty boring film that isn't worth the time to watch.

Don't waste your time

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.

So much incredible acting talent and a story that demands to be told and yet the film is practically unwatchable.

Entertaining but ultimately disjointed and ineffective...

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

Unwatchable .

Nearly Unwatchable .

Very boring nonsense.

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

By comparison, The Laundrymat falls completely flat, and each of its disjointed, meandering and muddled vignettes does as much to confuse (and in some cases misinform) laymen as it does to enlighten them about the nature of financial shenanigans revealed in the Panama Papers.

It's a perfect & entertaining way to explain to us (not knowing) how the world works.

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.

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.

More breadth than depth (but still fascinating) .

I had some free time so I decided to watch this film due to the premise and the cast but I was serverly disappointed and thought this film was pretty boring.

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.

It was soooo disjointed and disappointing.

It's boring, confused, and absolutely killed by those scenes where the actors explain things (ending included).

The real story behind could have given as an Oscar movie, instead this movie is unfocused and boring with some very sparce highlights.

Very boring .

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

Everything perfectly done but it's so so boring.

Educational and fascinating.

It is pure and simple leftist anti capitalist 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.

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.

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.


Don't waste your time.

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

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

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.

Had a great message but also entertaining along the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Enjoyable though not what you think.

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.

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

Worth the watch .

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.

Liberal propaganda .


So, yes, it was enjoyable and enlightening, and a little condescending.

Good job making a complicated affair entertaining and mostly comprehensible .

Boring, tedious and just not worth watching .

Extremely Boring .

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

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

Waste of Time .

This is getting to be the norm with movies lately and it's getting boring.

It was so fascinating I just wish it wasn't so short.

He really managed to make such a dry topic entertaining.

Tries to Make a Boring Topic Visually Engaging .

The result is pretty boring, despite the characters (and schemes) being truly despicable and the whole political system supporting it even more so.


There is a message here (or multiple ones I guess), but it still is able to be entertaining.

The propaganda makes it a one star .

The film takes a bizarre turn right at the end when Meryl Streep goes into a monologue, starting as a one of the character's she plays, taking off the wig and fake nose to go into the second character she plays, when finally she takes off that character's wig and ends the monologue playing herself in an empty film set.

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

In summary, it's a very entertaining movie even though the serious story and i can say that the time is spent well.

Jarring And Disjointed Film Which Is Far From What The Subject Matter Deserves .

I was surprised by the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Confusing .

A disjointed, flat commercial.

Needless propaganda piece.

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

A Well-Intentioned But Pretentious Muddle .

The Laundromat is entertaining throughout.

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

Worst movie ever.

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.

as boring as watching grass grow

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

This movie is about a very boring subject.

This film tells an entertaining story about the Panama papers.

However, it still felt bland to me at times.

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

Unfortunately the movie is too slow.

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

Entertaining, Educational, Eye Opening .

The biggest thing to know before watching this film is that it has a lot of technicalities about economy and, even if it's generally comprehensible, there are parts that are hard to follow if you don't have a strong base about economics.

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

Unfortunately, the message and plot are not as clear or effective as they could have been, due to haphazard and disjointed writing.

Don't waste your time watching this.