REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Junk” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Nov 3, 2017
“Junk,” written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Doug Hughes, opened on November  2, 2017 in New York City. “Junk,” written by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Doug Hughes, opened on November 2, 2017 in New York City.


26 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 70.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"Almost numbingly safe...'Junk' follows a labyrinthine, economically dense plot with remarkable briskness, efficiency and accessibility. Still, these assets never quite erase the feeling that what we’re watching is a tale we’ve frequently been entertained and alarmed by during the past three decades...The script is refreshingly nonjudgmental...Every major character is allowed to present the viability of his or her viewpoint…Unfortunately, none of them are entirely convincing either."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 60
"Directed at the dizzying pace of traders racking up dollars at full froth, and acted by an excellent cast, the play is supremely well-researched, insightful and smart. It is also so conscientiously thorough in its analysis of its subject that it often feels dense to the point of stultifying...The emphasis on the mechanics of deal-making, at the expense of establishing characters we can care much about, leaves 'Junk' with a dramatic balance sheet that’s seriously skewed."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 95
"Not only the most important play you'll see all year, but the most entertaining...Shakespearean in its outsize scope and dramatis personae...'Junk' may remind audiences of 'The Big Short,' both in its masterful elucidation of a confusing subject and its shocking depiction of the corrupting influence of money. But 'Junk' is even more powerful because those doing the corrupting are in the room with us, and a small voice in the back of our heads is cheering them on. "

“Junk” was also reviewed by Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Christopher Kelly of, Roma Torre of NY1, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Marilyn Stasio of Variety, Christian Lewis of The Huffington Post, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), and Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 150 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 76.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant

Janet 7082, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You love tense Wall Street dramas and great acting. Great writing and an ensemble cast."
Don't see it if…"How we got into this financial mess bores you and you don't like to talk about money."
Norma, ShowScore: 80 
See it if…"You have an interest in the ways our financial markets operate both legally and illegally!"
Don't see it if…"You really don’t have any reason to want to be immersed in financial finagling at the very highest levels. You want an evening of laughter."

Martha H 6138, ShowScore: 76
See it if…"You are interested in this subject. You want to see some wonderful actors doing great work. First act is very slow."
Don't see it if…"You want to have real three dimensional characters. The soul and meat of the issue is missing."

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