Box art for The Wolf of Wall Street

  The Wolf of Wall Street


Sex. Money. Power. Drugs. Brace yourself for an outrageous true story from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption was king and more was never enough.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Intoxicating rise-and-fall story is full of sex and drugs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of a financial broker who bent the rules, became enormously wealthy, and was not caught for years. He lives a life of debauchery and excess, cheating on his wife, remarrying, and cheating on his new wife with an endless array of prostitutes. Many characters are shown having graphic sex of all types. The main character uses every kind of drug under the sun, but especially prefers Quaaludes; the movie spends extra time on the effects of this drug. A secondary character is also a heavy drug user. Language is very strong and constant, with "f--k" uttered nearly constantly, as well as almost every other vulgar word in the book. As for violence, there's mostly enraged shouting, but there's a bloody face-bashing scene, some domestic violence where a wife gets punched a couple of times, and a quick shot of a (very tangential) bloody suicide. The legendary Martin Scorsese's the director, and most movie buffs will want to see this, but as with GoodFellas and Casino, this one's not recommended for kids of any age.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's extensive use of sex. Does any of it come from a loving, respectful relationship? How do women fare in this movie and in these sexual relationships?
  • How do the characters approach the use of alcohol, smoking, and drugs? Do they seem to get any enjoyment out of them? Does the movie make these things look appealing? What are the real consequences of drinking to excess or smoking or using drugs?
  • What's the appeal of a character with such questionable morals? Martin Scorsese often makes movies about these kinds of characters. Why is he so highly respected and acclaimed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A vital and troubling document of the present ...

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fresh: Man, does this movie have a savage bite.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fresh: Scorsese has pulled off something tricky with Wolf: He's given us a thrilling cautionary tale about a guy who never for a second seems the slightest bit sorry for what he's done. If anything, he just had the bad luck to get caught.

- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Thursday, December 26, 2013

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A stock broker bends ethical rules to build a fortune while feeding his obscene appetite for hookers and Quaaludes. Although the target of the satire is easy, this mixture of GOODFELLAS and WALL STREET is Martin Scorsese's best, and funniest, movie in quite some time. The only possible complaint is that 3 hours of bad behavior is too much of a good thing.

- 366weirdmovies, Thursday, April 3, 2014

4 stars

Scorcese revisits his greatest works with this tour-de-force about rampant personal selfishness unchecked, and perhaps its where Marty is at his best: recording our love of ourselves completely, including the big empty behind the twinkly eyes. There's not a dull moment in here, not a one, its like attending the toga party at Animal House. On steroids. And three words regarding the Oscar for Best Actor: Leo was robbed.

- ApeneckFletcher, Thursday, March 13, 2014

4 stars

This is unhinged and unleashed fun from start to finish. A tremendously spectacular, shocking and wickedly hilarious movie. This is the best picture of 2013 hands down. It's riveting, funny, smart, stylish and unapologetic; the best kind of movie pleasure. A masterpiece. Director. Martian Scorsese's best movie ever, his most furious, controlled and savage film to date and has such an intense and hard-hitting effect. An instant classic that stands with Scorsese's Goodfellas, Raging Bull and The Departed. An insanely entertaining and incredibly bold good-time. A pure and simple knockout. A film with engaging self-awareness, dazzling edge and unforgettable energy. This movie shows human behavior at it's most vulgar and wild. The all-star cast just reeks of brilliance. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the greatest performance of his career, he is funny, slick, absorbing and loaded with pure energy. DiCaprio is a true revelation. Jonah Hill is outstanding, he gives a compelling and rich performance. Hill and DiCaprio have fantastic chemistry together, they just explode on screen and make every scene they are in an amazing scene. An electrifying and sensational movie. It's explosively entertaining.The sex, drugs, greed, absurd behavior, betrayal, women, booze, its a journey into one self-made man's self-destruction turns into a cant-miss party.

- allan913, Friday, February 28, 2014