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Arbitrage Reviews

January 8, 2013
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.
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2012
Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2012
Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right.
September 21, 2012
This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.
September 15, 2012
The screenplay, written by first-time director Nicholas Jarecki, keeps us guessing, which is one of the best compliments one can pay to a movie of this sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2012
Gere's very good at making Robert's compromises seem more human than horrid. He portrays the philanthropic, philandering patriarch with his customary twinkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2012
Giving the tale an extra dose of reality is Richard Gere.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2012
"Arbitrage" becomes far more complex than just dramatized anti-corporate polemic, or even a simple fall from grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2012
I'm not sure any five pages of this script by director Nicholas Jarecki hold together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 14, 2012
Mediocre at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 13, 2012
Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2012
Arbitrage overcomes some pulpy plot twists and a little anti-corporate sermonizing to become a brisk tale of a financial wizard whose sins have returned to collect a debt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
A tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 13, 2012
It could readily be mistaken for the work of an experienced and justifiably self-confident filmmaker with a nose for newsy stories, a knack for telling them tersely, and a gift for directing actors
September 13, 2012
Rather than seeming pat, Jarecki's straightforward cynicism is pointed and purposeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2012
"Arbitrage" is a fine showcase for the silky talents of Richard Gere, who's so smooth here you could spread him on toast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
The movie wants to be an instant Sidney Lumet classic along the lines of "Serpico" or "Prince of the City," but it doesn't have the roots. It's new money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2012
Unfolding in somber tones and among hard surfaces, Arbitrage has the slickness of new bank notes and the confidence of expensive tailoring.
September 13, 2012
Mr. Gere is one of cinema's great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther. He's the film's most deluxe item.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2012
Slick and suspenseful ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
Richard Gere's performance in the sinfully entertaining Arbitrage is too good to ignore. At 62, he is at the peak of his powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2012
The main reason to see Arbitrage is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough.
September 13, 2012
"Arbitrage" gets away with a few crime-flick cliches because it's also a thoughtful character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
Its best attribute is Gere's performance. He hasn't been this good in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2012
Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 13, 2012
Paced like a slick '80s thriller but themed for millennial relevance, "Arbitrage" splits the difference with a confidently cruising Gere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
Gere has always excelled at portraying smooth, elegant men who know a little more than everyone else in the room. But in Arbitrage he's playing a different note: Desperation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2012
I enjoyed it, even as I hustled here and there to keep up with its Wall Street argot. The writing's juicy and effective, and the actors have fun with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2012
Hitchcock called his most familiar subject "The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused." Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that's what makes the film so ingeniously involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 12, 2012
In the end, the moralism of "Arbitrage" feels glued-on rather than earned.
September 11, 2012
Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he's on top of the world - when he's got all those plates humming in unison - that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2012
Sex, wealth, paternal swagger-all of the colors come out of Gere in a showstopping performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2012
Jarecki's film has a great performance at its center...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 5, 2012
Jarecki, it's clear, has the talent to make shrewdly pleasurable Hollywood movies. Here's hoping Arbitrage is the first of many.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 23, 2012
Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.
January 23, 2012
Between Gere matching wits with a police detective played by Tim Roth and him having to explain himself to the steely Sarandon, Arbitrage is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2012
Nothing about the plot is novel, but the film easily maintains a low simmer that picks up in the final act, as Miller has to fight to keep his sinking ship staffed.