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Chasing Madoff (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 13

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Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator's ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding

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Apr 2, 2012

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (19)

Prosserman wisely skirts the esoterica of high finance, though he cleverly uses good visual devices to suggest the shocking scope of Madoff's crimes.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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If you're wondering why so many people are cynical about Wall Street, the government and the system in general, "Chasing Madoff" tells you.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The film may leave some viewers even more confused about the Madoff affair than they were in the first place.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comment (1)
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Viewers get very little about Madoff himself. While the film is primarily about Markopolos, it makes little sense without much insight into his nemesis.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Chasing Madoff" is not a very good documentary, but it's a very devastating one.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The hero has a colorless, off-rhythm voice, dead eyes, disorderly hair. He's not, we gather, an imaginative man, but, a religious Greek Orthodox and a former Army officer, he's propelled by a strong sense of rectitude, an ethos of duty.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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When the officials getting paid to do the job failed miserably in their duties, it was the crazy guy who stood as the public's last and only line of defense

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Well constructed but standard-brand "outrage doc."

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

If you want a factual primer on Madoff's crimes, you should look elsewhere. But as a portrait of an unusual man, 'Chasing Madoff' is flawed but fascinating.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Chasing Madoff argues that Bernie Madoff was more typical of systemic abuses than deviant.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A profile of Ponzi-scheme whistle-blowers who tried, for a decade, to interest the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Bernie Madoff's transparent and ruinous fraud scheme.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A terrible documentary that has sheds very little on the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Markopolos goes on and on. . to seem monomaniacal. . . that any rational major investor should have suspected [but] he deserves his victory lap.

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Chasing Madoff is an interesting story. Too bad it's such a mediocre movie.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

'Madoff' Gripping Tale of SEC Malfeasance

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for Chasing Madoff

"Chasing Madoff" is an insightful documentary, in more ways than one, about Harry Markopolos, a portfolio manager, who along with a couple of colleagues and an intrepid reporter, was the first one to notice that Bernard Madoff was not only up to no good, but was also in fact running a giant Ponzi scheme. Sadly, nobody else was listening, not most publications or most importantly, the SEC.

In this case, the devil really was in the details, as Harry could tell by the returns that Madoff was sending out that they were fraudulent since nobody consistently gains like that in the stock market, as the documentary also smartly compares Wall Street to the horse track without the watered down beer. However, too much of the documentary is left to empty style in going in circles around Harry's paranoia. But don't laugh, as at the time, Madoff was a very powerful man who may have been getting money also from organized crime. Still, no matter how much time is spent talking about him, Madoff remains a shadowy figure. I mean if a Ponzi scheme is a house of cards that would eventually crumble underneath its own weight, what was Madoff's planned endgame?

In the end, it would not be Harry who would bring him down but every other greedy bastard on Wall Street with the financial crisis in 2008. In any case, the role of the whistleblower could not be any clearer in society, especially when the system fails as it did here. Pay no attention to them at your own risk.
August 11, 2013
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This documentary on the 2008 Bernard Madoff investment scandal came across as a self-promotion for the elaborate Ponzi scheme whistleblowers since it never fully features Madoff himself but primarily on one, understandably yet tiresome, crazed individual. While the producers tried making it engaging by employing various camera techniques or reenactment segments, it felt contrived. Editing was a huge issue as it took some time before it finally settled on a thread of thought to focus on. Despite the calamitous subject matter, "Chasing Madoff" never ran the hard enough the full extent.
September 20, 2011
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