Arbitrage Reviews

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
December 23, 2012
Arbitrage is the story of one rich man's downward spiral where both sides lie to try to get what they want but both walk away empty handed. It all results in a standstill that is about as thrilling as a staring contest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
January 26, 2012
The stakes of Arbitrage never feel quite high enough, no matter how good it all looks.
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
September 23, 2012
It boasts solid performances from Gere and Sarandon, yet feels overly familiar, even predictable, at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
September 15, 2012
Competent, glossy thriller gussies up the familiar and articulately updates to the new Gilded Age. . . but with uncomfortable sympathy for the man at the pinnacle of the 1%.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 13, 2012
Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 7, 2012
'Arbitrage' switches genres mid-movie and pulls you every which way dramatically but never connects you to any emotions that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
October 9, 2012
He simply evades and bargains. It's tough to say what audiences are supposed to do with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 14, 2012
I'm not sure any five pages of this script by director Nicholas Jarecki hold together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 8, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Republicans will love this movie. It will make everyone else want to hiss.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
September 12, 2012
For this story to work, writer/director Nicholas Jarecki had to include enough back doors to fill the scare floor at Monsters Inc. for a week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
Inadvertently pandering on just about every level, except for the end credits, which are quite likely intended to rapidly vacate the theater for the next screening.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 2, 2012
Not worth a trip to the theater, but it might be worth catching on TV some day you've got nothing better to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 13, 2012
The depiction of money as the ultimate motivator should inspire most viewers to mutter, 'What else is new?'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2012
The movie wants to be an instant Sidney Lumet classic along the lines of "Serpico" or "Prince of the City," but it doesn't have the roots. It's new money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 14, 2012
Mediocre at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Aside from Gere's performance, there's really not much to see here.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 14, 2012
The real standout is Tim Roth as a streetwise New York City detective who's seen it all and can spot a liar a mile away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.00
Amy Nicholson
Movieline
September 13, 2012
Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2012
Enough of all this whining about the millions of regular people ruined by the financial collapse of 2007 - how about a movie sympathizing with one of the unfortunate guys responsible?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
September 12, 2012
In the end, the moralism of "Arbitrage" feels glued-on rather than earned.
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