In a glowing review for The Times, Betsy Sharkey writes, "Man, does this movie have a savage bite. Yet it is such a kick to watch [Scorsese] and [DiCaprio] in their fifth collaboration. They go at the black-hearted comedy full throttle, fully tanked and, for DiCaprio, full monty — almost." DiCaprio is "fierce and in your face," and the rest of the casting is "spot-on across the board," with supporting turns from
Mick La Salle of the San Francisco Chronicle similarly raves, "Though 'Raging Bull' must still go down as Martin Scorsese's greatest achievement, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' makes the race for No. 2 a lot more interesting." He continues: "It runs a full three hours but feels that long only in terms of its abundance. There's just so much here — so many characters, so many famous faces, so many turns of story, so many indelible set pieces — that thinking about it afterward is like contemplating some deranged tapestry."
For Joe Morgenstern of the
In a similar vein, Ann Hornaday of the