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Margin Call (2011)



Critic Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.

Movie Info

Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Writer/director J.C. Chandor's enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future. -- (C) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: J.C. Chandor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2011
Box Office: $5.4M
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Kevin Spacey
as Sam Rogers
Paul Bettany
as Will Emerson
Jeremy Irons
as John Tuld
Zachary Quinto
as Peter Sullivan
Penn Badgley
as Seth Bregman
Simon Baker
as Jared Cohen
Mary McDonnell
as Mary Rogers
Demi Moore
as Sarah Robertson
Stanley Tucci
as Eric Dale
Simon Baker - III
as Jared Cohen
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News & Interviews for Margin Call

Critic Reviews for Margin Call

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (42)

Margin Call is Wall Street for now. That a sexy Gordon Gekko-type villain is no longer anywhere to be found shows just how much worse things really are today.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014

A well-told and credible look at the economic collapse from the perspective of one company's employees.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Gets the little details right, the way everyone is one bad week away from being homeless, the way you can have a conversation with a colleague with the cleaning lady standing in between you and no one will ever even acknowledge that she's there.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

A Wall Street version of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' in which the weak are whisked aside and the alpha dogs stick around long enough to fill their pockets with millions of other people's money.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

In Margin Call, first time writer-director JC Chandor creates a humanizing insight into the lives of the bankers who discovered the fall of the economy.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Maybe the financial collapse went down something like this...

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Margin Call

What a gripping, thought-provoking drama this is, with a very careful pace and an intelligent script that relies on a sharp cast and compelling dialogue to depict with a fascinating, acute realism the 24 hours prior to the financial crisis of 2008 at an investment firm.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Owing a huge deal to David Mamet and his cunning, no nonsense, hyper realistic dialogue; first time writer-director J. C Chandor weaves an equally engrossing character driven exploration of capitalist excesses. A top notch cast that uses Chandor's words as fists in the struggle to remain in their unnamed company, which resemblances the extinct Lehman Brothers and the causes that led to its downfall. Especial mention to the almost reptilian-like head honcho of the firm, an impeccable and sinister Jeremy Irons.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


A re-telling of the 2008 financial crisis that casts it as Greek tragedy and very nearly respects the three classical unities, covering one main action (the collapse of this firm's solubility), one main physical space (the office, though it does branch out a little, to a car, a bar and a porch), and lasting not more than 24 hours. The ensemble cast is excellent, the mood is dark, the events are totally believable, the stakes are high, and on top of all that, there's a speech that, in my opinion, supplants Gordon Gecko's "Greed is good" in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, which I watched after this and found lacking in comparison. One of the more underrated films of the past few years - hard-hitting, essential viewing.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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