Review: ‘The Laundromat’ is a Rare Misstep for Steven Soderbergh



Earlier this year, Steven Soderbergh released one of my favorite films of 2019 so far, High Flying Bird, and of that film I wrote in my review:

Soderbergh (who was nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards for both movies, and won for Traffic) has this streak of rebellious activism that he nurtured in those films, this idea that sometimes one person can’t bring down the whole system but they sure as hell should try anyway, and that’s the mentality that he brings to High Flying Bird.

That “rebellious activism” comes out to play again in The Laundromat, but this latest star-heavy ensemble from the director is a rare misfire, a film that plays with breaking down the fourth wall and self-aware performance but

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