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Arbitrage (2012)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 19

Arbitrage is both a tense thriller and a penetrating character study, elevated by the strength of a typically assured performance from Richard Gere.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 5

Arbitrage is both a tense thriller and a penetrating character study, elevated by the strength of a typically assured performance from Richard Gere.



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When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Nicholas Jarecki

Dec 21, 2012


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All Critics (150) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (19) | DVD (2)

There are holes in the plot, to be sure, but somehow we don't mind, because for all the unbearable tension of Jarecki's script, the central attraction here is the man in the arena.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A tight thriller that shows [its] handsome star in fine form as a morally bankrupt financier playing fast and loose with ethics and the law.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The screenplay, written by first-time director Nicholas Jarecki, keeps us guessing, which is one of the best compliments one can pay to a movie of this sort.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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As we follow the increasingly frantic Gere down his nightmarish rabbit hole, the picture takes a satisfyingly cold, amoral stance - less critique and more cynical observation.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Like something straight out of 1992, Nicholas Jarecki's debut feature Arbitrage ... is a small scale, high-gloss thriller that feels like Wall Street's cousin.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

A Wall Street-thriller blending elements of Chappaquiddick with a pinch of John Edwards and a whole lot of Bernie Madoff.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Richard Gere is terrific and the supporting cast do superb jobs in this fascinating exploration of greed, justice and the law.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

An absorbing character study that teases some vicarious revenge on a perfidious member of the billionaire's club.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

It's the way Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki create sympathy for the devil that makes this so gripping.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Arbitrage is the kind of classily put-together film that actors, filmmakers and grown-up audiences frequently complain no longer gets made.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

This is a gleaming movie about a man with his back to the wall, facing disgrace on several fronts and the possibility of exchanging his Armani suit for prison garb.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Arbitrage is a rewarding, thought-provoking movie that deserves to find a wide audience.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Richard Gere delivers such a charming, layered performance that he overcomes a contrived plot that piles too many financial and personal crises on the central character.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

We are persuaded to root for Miller, even when he is betraying the people he loves best. You'll feel dirty, and well you should after a few hours in this company.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Arbitrage is a slick, intelligent psychological thriller that works to connect public and private immorality.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, making his debut picture, has delivered a satisfying, grown-up drama, if not the definitive film about the financial crisis.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Golden Globe-nominated Gere gives a cool and charming performance and is ably supported by Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

An old-fashioned treat.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

He's been An Officer And A Gentleman, An American Gigolo and Mr Pretty Woman, now Richard Gere is back in a smart and stylish thriller, Arbitrage.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

Gere is matchless in this kind of role. The lacquered crinkle of the smile; the corrugated silk hair; the eyes deep-pouched and glinting like coins in a rich man's wallet.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

What elegant pulp this is, and how inelegantly I gobbled it up.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Like Gere's Machiavellian tycoon, Arbitrage's flaws only start to appear under close scrutiny.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Financial crime can be difficult to follow and dull to relate ... But Nicholas Jarecki keeps the paper stuff straightforward and the action interesting by bolting it on to a more conventional thriller plot.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Arbitrage

Arbitrage starts off very much in seen it all before territory. It was like a million 90's thrillers you've seen before, good thrillers but certainly nothing original. A good thriller is a good thriller though and I got into it, appreciated the strong performances etc and then it got really good. Clever writing from Nicholas Jarecki, he really knows how to reel in an audience, I certainly wasn't disappointed with the conclusion, in fact the last scene was brilliant. Money and power are the route of all evil but self preservation (selfishness) ain't that great either. The worst thing is that by the the end of the film you question whether any of what he has done really matters. Chilling and poignant.
September 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

Well done movie about how horrible things can get when people let money motivate their actions. Tense, and unnerving. Richard Gere is fantastic, as usual. Not the fastest paced film, but not at all boring..
June 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

Not bad. Had it on in the background and was interested enough to see how it ended.
It's a little long and not overly riveting, also found the end slightly open (but that could have been because I was doing other things while watching. It wasn't a movie to hold my attention completely). Seemed to me he pretty much got away with all with all his dodgy dealings, but at a price.
May 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Interesting suspense thriller. Reminds me of 'Perfect Murder'. Gere plays a hedge fund magnate who is desparately trying to sell his business before fraud is discovered. He is involved in an affair and hit and run, which adds to his unravelling world. Good cast and storyline.
January 27, 2013
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    1. Jimmy Grant: You think money's going to fix this?
    2. Robert Miller: What else is there?
    – Submitted by Andy V (7 months ago)
    1. Robert Miller: So you're going to open an Applebees in Virginia.
    – Submitted by joey s (20 months ago)
    1. Robert Miller: You're not my partner, you work for me! Everybody works for me!
    – Submitted by Bill W (22 months ago)
    1. Robert Miller: What's an Applebees?
    – Submitted by Gail W (23 months ago)
    1. Ellen Miller: Do you want to be the richest guy in the cemetery?
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
    1. Robert Miller: World events all revolved around five things... M.O.N.E.Y.
    – Submitted by Chris P (24 months ago)
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