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The Wizard of Lies

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Barry Levinson

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About the Movie

Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as Bernie and Ruth Madoff, this HBO Films production examines Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme--his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier's wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Hank Azaria also star.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Wizard of Lies is less convincingly about Bernie Madoff than it is about the struggle to understand Bernie Madoff: The search for why and how, by his family and his victims and the system, maybe even the man himself. – Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly, May 18, 2017

Rotten: Given that it offers no new insights on Madoff and underserves its stellar cast, it's hard to see the return on this particular investment. – Maureen Ryan, Variety, May 17, 2017

Fresh: As Ruth, Pfeiffer convincingly portrays a pampered woman left with utterly nothing - she's lost her homes, status and, most important, her relationship with her sons. – Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, May 19, 2017

Fresh: What Wizard of Lies lacks in terms of a broader historical span is compensated for by telling Madoff's tale as a classical tragedy about hubris and human cost - only in this case we watch as the villain's wife and children take the brunt of the toll. – Melanie McFarland,, May 22, 2017

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Customer Reviews


This was really bad - abdandoned it. Terrible script and direction aside, DeNiro and Pfeiffer were (very) pale shadows of their former selves. Give it a big miss.


Only played in French!


dont let this movie take your money too

The Wizard of Lies
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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