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Critical acclaim for Martin Scorsese's latest film The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio


Critics have posted enthusiastic responses to The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's blackly comic and energetic tale of Manhattan excess starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

"The best Scorsese film since Goodfellas," raves Calum Marsh of Little White Lies. Wow – if the film packs half as much punch as Scorsese's 1990 mobster classic, then we're in for a treat. Calum also says there's a great deal of humour in the film: "Plainly among the funniest films of the year," he says, "ribald, riotous, ridiculous."

The film's frenetic energy has been praised. "At 71, Martin Scorsese has stormed back with a picture that would have exhausted a director half his age," says Robbie Collin of The Telegraph. Rex Reed of the New York Observer agrees: "The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something."

When it comes to DiCaprio's performance as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, Variety's Todd McCarthy lays on the praise - and then some. "This is undoubtedly DiCaprio's largest and best screen performance," he enthuses, "one in which he lets loose as he never has before, is not protective of vanity or a sense of cool and, one feels, gets completely to the bottom of his character."

Considering the string of brilliant performances DiCaprio has delivered throughout his career, praise doesn't get higher than that. Similarly, Scott Foundas of Variety says of the star, "He's a constant joy to watch... DiCaprio doesn’t just play this part; he inhales it."

Is DiCaprio set to win his first Oscar - and is Scorsese in with a chance of winning his second? Let us know. The Wolf of Wall Street is released on 17 January 2014.