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The Banker

6.5
213
Ratings
Synopsis
The Banker is based on the true story of two African American entrepreneurs (Jackson and Mackie) who, during the 1950s, hired a working-class white man (Hoult) to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and chauffeur.

Available on Apple TV Plus on March 20, 2020.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"[George Nolfi] finally found a way to make the subject not only interesting, but funny, historically fascinating and culturally relevant."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
Variety
"One of the rare movies centered on a bank that isn’t about robbing it (...) the movie is so choked with neutral detail that it’s a little bloodless. It lacks fire."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
"Fun and illuminating (...) a crackling good, emotionally satisfying, old-fashioned thriller (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Lawrence Garcia
AV Club
"It does play something like second-rate Soderbergh.(...) one also gets the impression of a story that’s been aggressively sanded down"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
William Bibbiani
The Wrap
"Unfortunately, 'The Banker' is the kind of biopic that takes serious issues of race and tries to make them palatable, whether or not it feels genuine"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
IndieWire
"It’s 'BlackKklansman' for math nerds, but absent the shit-stirring righteousness that made Spike Lee’s film so much fun."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"An appealing David and Goliath setup that uses laughs, white racism and black righteousness to soft-sell a tale of inequality"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"Strong performances from Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson lift this intriguing if not fully realised true story (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
"A handsome yet occasionally dull business (...) Garrett and Morris’s true story is inarguably absorbing (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
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