Critic Consensus: Arbitrage is both a tense thriller and a penetrating character study, elevated by the strength of a typically assured performance from Richard Gere.
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Critic Reviews for Arbitrage
There are holes in the plot, to be sure, but somehow we don't mind, because for all the unbearable tension of Jarecki's script, the central attraction here is the man in the arena.
A tight thriller that shows [its] handsome star in fine form as a morally bankrupt financier playing fast and loose with ethics and the law.
Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo.
Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right.
This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.
Audience Reviews for Arbitrage
Well done movie about how horrible things can get when people let money motivate their actions. Tense, and unnerving. Richard Gere is fantastic, as usual. Not the fastest paced film, but not at all boring..
Not bad. Had it on in the background and was interested enough to see how it ended. It's a little long and not overly riveting, also found the end slightly open (but that could have been because I was doing other things while watching. It wasn't a movie to hold my attention completely). Seemed to me he pretty much got away with all with all his dodgy dealings, but at a price.
Interesting suspense thriller. Reminds me of 'Perfect Murder'. Gere plays a hedge fund magnate who is desparately trying to sell his business before fraud is discovered. He is involved in an affair and hit and run, which adds to his unravelling world. Good cast and storyline.
|Jimmy Grant:||You think money's going to fix this?|
|Robert Miller:||What else is there?|
|Robert Miller:||So you're going to open an Applebees in Virginia.|
|Robert Miller:||You're not my partner, you work for me! Everybody works for me!|
|Robert Miller:||What's an Applebees?|