'Money Monster' Review: This George Clooney Movie Is 'Awfully Simplistic'

Jodie Foster directed the movie.

Rated R

Two-and-a-half out of five stars

Let’s tap the brakes a moment. As somebody who’s been on quite a few television production sets, there’s absolutely no way Kyle gets into the studio as easily as he does here. It’s actually laughable when he walked into the studio with such ease. In fact, the rendering of Kyle’s plans is so outrageous it was hard for me to suspend my disbelief.

Back to the story. Kyle is angry because he made a terrible investment based on Lee’s advice, an investment that lost Kyle his life’s savings. Kyle’s interest isn’t in Lee alone: He also wants answers from Walt Camby (Dominic West), whose company lost $800 million because of a glitch in an algorithm. Problem is, Camby’s nowhere to be found.

There’s a spray of clever dialogue here and there but for a movie that wants to impart insight into a “rigged” system, "Money Monster" is awfully simplistic and relies way too heavily on Clooney’s charm – and he certainly is charming! However, that charm isn’t enough. Roberts’ Patty is intelligent and strong -- she’s the hero of the movie, really, but the story is so unbelievable the role has little impact.