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Arbitrage (2012)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 51,974


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for language, brief violent images and drug use)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Nicholas Jarecki
In Theaters:
Dec 21, 2012
Box Office:
Roadside Attractions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Arbitrage

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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
The Ooh Tray

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

Full Review… | March 5, 2013
Daily Star

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2013

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.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
Irish Times

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Sun Online

An old-fashioned treat.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Financial Times

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2013
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.

Anthony Lawrie

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..

Cynthia S.

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.

Nicki Marie

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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Arbitrage Quotes

Jimmy Grant:
You think money's going to fix this?
Robert Miller:
What else is there?
– Submitted by Andy V (9 months ago)
Robert Miller:
So you're going to open an Applebees in Virginia.
– Submitted by joey s (21 months ago)
Robert Miller:
You're not my partner, you work for me! Everybody works for me!
– Submitted by Bill W (2 years ago)
Robert Miller:
What's an Applebees?
– Submitted by Gail W (2 years ago)
Ellen Miller:
Do you want to be the richest guy in the cemetery?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Robert Miller:
World events all revolved around five things... M.O.N.E.Y.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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