Margin Call Reviews

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October 22, 2012
Margin Call can't beat the street, missing the mark in a major way given the massive expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
October 18, 2011
A 24-hour meltdown of meetings and dark-night-of-the-soul speeches that would have been better suited to the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
October 21, 2011
The only thing I wrestled with was "Do I care?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny
November 8, 2012
At times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 20, 2011
The credits are the most fascinating part of "Margin Call."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 11, 2011
Chandor makes good use of his acting assets and there's no doubt that he knows how to direct, but ultimately, the dullness of the script is just a little too toxic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2011
The severe imbalance between argot and emotion makes it impossible to care much about most of what we see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
October 20, 2011
Chandor writes monologues for seemingly every member of the ensemble, which gets a bit wearying, but is also how I'm guessing he attracted this stellar cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jennifer Miller
Cinematical
April 4, 2011
What could have been a dynamic narrative instead ends up as baffling and quite often as boring as an Economy 101 textbook.
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
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
Chandor's debut feature audaciously asks us to empathize with obscenely overpaid risk analysts and their bosses, a gambit that fails... largely because his characters are little more than mouthpieces for blunt speechifying and Mamet-like outbursts
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 20, 2011
...a series of increasingly alarmed faces looking at papers and computer screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 19, 2011
As a movie, it's so tightly framed you gasp from claustrophobia. As a film of cryptic boredom, I cannot believe the actors were able to say their lines without cue cards.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 21, 2011
If only the movie's cast of ordinary working stiffs weren't quite so bland and, frankly, dull.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
October 24, 2011
Margin Call's rigorously modulated tone, while it gives the actors time to breathe, also gives the audience more than enough time to lose interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 26, 2011
Margin Call carries itself like an important movie, which it isn't. Neither is it pulpish enough to be considered entertaining, which it could be. Where's Oliver Stone when you need him?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2011
Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 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 | Original Score: A-
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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