“The Wolf of Wall Street has been awarded a nose-thumbing Bronx cheer by some critics as noisy, vulgar, flashy, disgusting and over the top. O.K., it has all those things, not to mention nudity, violence, graphic sex, out-of-control drug use and filthy dialogue. It is also sensational entertainment. This $100 million extravaganza is—let’s face it—rampantly over the top. Hell, it’s by Martin Scorsese, who is always over the top. But unlike the Coen brothers, who have been getting away with murder for years, he puts thrilling stuff on the screen that is unforgettable. Consuming enough drugs to sedate all of Manhattan, Belfort and his sidekick, Donnie, pull out the stops, most notably in a very long sequence in which they overdose on Quaaludes and vodka in the middle of a botched attempt to smuggle $2 million out of a Swiss bank, moving from the living room to a country club and back again, plummeting down a flight of stairs, projectile vomiting, smashing up cars and wrecking the furniture. All you can do is observe all of this wicked cinematic exorbitance with your mouth wide open, follow all of the illegal tricks they pull to climb the ladder to success and wait for the crash.” -Rex Reed
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