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Margin Call Reviews

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Margin Call can't beat the street, missing the mark in a major way given the massive expectations.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: C-

October 22, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

A 24-hour meltdown of meetings and dark-night-of-the-soul speeches that would have been better suited to the stage.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2011
Grae Drake
Movies.com

The only thing I wrestled with was "Do I care?"

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

January 4, 2012
Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny

At times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The credits are the most fascinating part of "Margin Call."

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

February 11, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The severe imbalance between argot and emotion makes it impossible to care much about most of what we see.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 20, 2011
Mike Russell
Oregonian

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

October 20, 2011
Jennifer Miller
Cinematical

What could have been a dynamic narrative instead ends up as baffling and quite often as boring as an Economy 101 textbook.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

April 4, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Ultimately romanticizes the traders it pretends only to humanize, and validates the enterprise it is attempting to scold.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 17, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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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

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 18, 2011
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...a series of increasingly alarmed faces looking at papers and computer screens.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

October 20, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

October 19, 2011
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

If only the movie's cast of ordinary working stiffs weren't quite so bland and, frankly, dull.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

October 21, 2011
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 24, 2011
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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 Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: C+

October 26, 2011
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 11, 2011
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A-

May 26, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B

June 22, 2013
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
January 24, 2012
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