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The Laundromat is a 2019 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. It stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.

The Laundromat
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Official promotional poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Produced by
Screenplay byScott Z. Burns
Based onSecrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite
by Jake Bernstein
Music byDavid Holmes
CinematographySteven Soderbergh (as Peter Andrews)
Edited bySteven Soderbergh (as Mary Ann Bernard)
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01) (Venice)[1]
  • September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019. It was released theatrically on September 27, 2019, before being released for digital streaming on October 18, 2019, by Netflix. The film has received mixed reviews from critics.


The film follows Ellen Martin (Streep), whose dream vacation takes a wrong turn and leads her down a rabbit hole of shady dealings that can all be traced to one Panama City law firm, run by seductive partners Jürgen Mossack (Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Banderas). She soon learns that her minor predicament is only a drop in the bucket of millions of files linking an off-shore tax scheme to the world's richest and most powerful political leaders.



In July 2016, it was announced that Steven Soderbergh was set to produce a then-untitled Panama Papers project.[3] Later, in April 2018, it was announced that Soderbergh would also direct the film, now titled The Laundromat. Scott Z. Burns wrote the screenplay and production was set to commence in the fall of 2018.[4] In May 2018, it was reported that Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas were in talks to star in the film with Netflix interested in acquiring the distribution rights.[5][6] Soderbergh affirmed Netflix would likely be the film's distributor in July.[7] In October, Netflix was confirmed to be releasing the movie, with David Schwimmer and Will Forte added to the cast.[8] That same month, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Parnell, James Cromwell, Melissa Rauch, Larry Wilmore and Robert Patrick joined the cast of the film.[9][10]


Principal photography began on October 15, 2018.[11]


It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019.[12][1] It will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastián International Film Festival in September 2019.[13][14] It is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2019, before digital streaming on October 18, 2019.[15]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval of 45% based on 101 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.62/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it."[16] On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]


  1. ^ a b The Laundromat
  2. ^ "The Laundromat". Venice Film Festival. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (7 July 2016). "Panama Papers Movie in the Works From Steven Soderbergh". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  4. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (April 12, 2018). "Steven Soderbergh Shooting 'Panama Papers' Movie Next, Title Revealed". The Playlist. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Meryl Streep to Star in Panama Papers Thriller for Steven Soderbergh (Exclusive)". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (14 May 2018). "Steven Soderbergh Panama Papers Pic 'The Laundromat' Has Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep & Antonio Banderas Circling". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Steven Soderbergh says he'll probably choose Netflix to distribute his next movie: 'I don't care if it never shows in a theater'". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (9 October 2018). "Netflix Commits To Panama Papers Drama 'The Laundromat'; David Schwimmer Joins Soderbergh, Oldman, Streep, Banderas". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ Barfield, Charles (October 18, 2018). "Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeffrey Wright & More Join Steven Soderbergh's 'The Laundromat'". The Playlist. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 19, 2018). "Robert Patrick Boards Steven Soderbergh's Panama Papers Netflix Drama 'The Laundromat'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Laundromat". Backstage. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Anderson, Ariston (July 25, 2019). "Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup (Updating Live)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  13. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Green, Jennifer (August 21, 2019). "San Sebastian Sidebar Adds Steven Soderbergh's 'Laundromat,' Casey Affleck's 'Light of My Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  15. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 27, 2019). "Netflix Dates 'Marriage Story,' 'Laundromat' and Other Fall Award Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Laundromat (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Laundromat Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 11, 2019.

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