Chasing Madoff Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2011
"Chasing Madoff" is not a very good documentary, but it's a very devastating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 25, 2011
All this paranoid flim-flam drains energy away from the staggering, if far less cinematic, fact that Markopolos was ignored, not targeted.
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
August 25, 2011
Frustratingly uneven in its presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2011
Overall, the film offers little insight into Madoff, his shenanigans, or the financial collapse of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2011
Laying out the means by which Harry Markopolos exposed Bernie Madoff isn't enough for Jeff Prosserman, who spends inordinate energy deifying Markopolos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2011
A terrible documentary that has sheds very little on the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Variety
August 24, 2011
The human element of the film is so weirdly distracting it often deflects from its primary target.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
The director is Jeff Prosserman, and he appears to be auditioning for some other movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 26, 2011
Jazzes up its talking heads with some of the cheesiest re-creations this side of E!'s "Hollywood True Story."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 27, 2011
The film never proves that Madoff was in league with mobsters. It doesn't even detail a single threat against Markopolos, his family or his friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2011
Viewers get very little about Madoff himself. While the film is primarily about Markopolos, it makes little sense without much insight into his nemesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Eventually it starts to feel like a parody of an Errol Morris film.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2011
The film may leave some viewers even more confused about the Madoff affair than they were in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
A missed opportunity as both informative reportage on a globally devastating deception and an objective portrait of a difficult man's lonely mission of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
Unfortunately, director Jeff Prosserman tries to turn this inherently fascinating tale into the world's most clichéd film noir, complete with shadowy re-enactments, painfully literal symbolism, and absurdly ominous score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 26, 2011
The story is a fascinating one, but Proserman doesn't trust it to carry the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 26, 2011
Chasing Madoff is an interesting story. Too bad it's such a mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2011
Chasing Madoff offers an object lesson in how to turn a potentially rich documentary into a cheap bag of melodramatic tricks.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

National Post
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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