matthew mcconaughey gives an unsurprisingly incredible performance that carries the film. his overbiting, overweight, receding hairline, uneven buck toothed protagonist is unglamourous, dumb, narcissistic, and ugly. one of the best male performances of the year, but the film didn't have the exposure or quality necessary for that to get recognized.
gaghan's direction is heavily inspired by scorsese and o. russell, but he's nowhere near as confident as either of these two filmmakers.
a huge aspect of this film is the magic mcconaughey and ramírez (who gives a surprisingly good performance) feel when they find gold, and one of the biggest problems with Gold is that the audience doesn't feel an ounce of said magic.
it could've been better paced too, but…