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Margin Call Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 7, 2012
Margin Call is the best fictional treatment of the current economic crisis.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 7, 2012
J.C. Chandor makes his feature writing and directing debut here, and it's a very strong effort, suggesting a huge talent on the rise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 5, 2012
Solid performances and an accessible script make it resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
A film like this -- with a large cast and a big subject -- needs a clear, concise vision, a strong hand, and Margin Call just doesn't have it.
January 4, 2012
All of those on either side of the greed equation will admire director/writer J.C. Chandor's taut tale of Wall Street brokers at their worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
January 4, 2012
Chandor presents these characters not as indifferent masters of the universe, nor as vampires, but as people - and his film is the stronger for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
December 22, 2011
Chandor is more interested in the banality of greed and opportunism and the ease in which principled employees are swayed to engage in unprincipled acts.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 17, 2011
In what could arguably be called - sadly - a season of consumerism comes "Margin Call," a realistic, dialogue-driven drama about the unraveling of an investment bank within 24 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 5, 2011
A riveting drama that puts Oliver Stone's latest Wall Street movie and the HBO "Too Big to Fail" to shame.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 30, 2011
The entertainment value is high.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 29, 2011
Carefully crafted performances and taut pacing carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
Ultimately romanticizes the traders it pretends only to humanize, and validates the enterprise it is attempting to scold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
November 16, 2011
Imagine Inside Job adapted for the screen by David Mamet and you've got the general idea.
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 14, 2011
The protection of the individual at the sake of our society always kills me. But, what are you going to do? Throw money at it. No really, throw some money at 'Margin Call,' it's worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 14, 2011
Humanizes the cause of the current recession
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
November 11, 2011
Margin Call seems remarkably fresh (it's not as if the economy has bounced back since '08). And the morality play in a milieu not associated with morals makes for cool dramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2011
Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 11, 2011
A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
November 11, 2011
Kevin Spacey is flat-out brilliant as a company lifer in the awful position of knowing what's coming but being powerless to stop it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 11, 2011
Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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