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Chasing Madoff Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 15, 2011
Prosserman wisely skirts the esoterica of high finance, though he cleverly uses good visual devices to suggest the shocking scope of Madoff's crimes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 8, 2011
If you're wondering why so many people are cynical about Wall Street, the government and the system in general, "Chasing Madoff" tells you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2011
The film may leave some viewers even more confused about the Madoff affair than they were in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2011
Viewers get very little about Madoff himself. While the film is primarily about Markopolos, it makes little sense without much insight into his nemesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2011
"Chasing Madoff" is not a very good documentary, but it's a very devastating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 30, 2011
The hero has a colorless, off-rhythm voice, dead eyes, disorderly hair. He's not, we gather, an imaginative man, but, a religious Greek Orthodox and a former Army officer, he's propelled by a strong sense of rectitude, an ethos of duty.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 27, 2011
The film never proves that Madoff was in league with mobsters. It doesn't even detail a single threat against Markopolos, his family or his friends.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2011
Chasing Madoff offers an object lesson in how to turn a potentially rich documentary into a cheap bag of melodramatic tricks.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 26, 2011
The story is a fascinating one, but Proserman doesn't trust it to carry the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 26, 2011
Jazzes up its talking heads with some of the cheesiest re-creations this side of E!'s "Hollywood True Story."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 26, 2011
A story as compelling as any detective yarn with an arrogant bad guy who could have come right from Hollywood and a real-life hero on his tail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
Unfortunately, director Jeff Prosserman tries to turn this inherently fascinating tale into the world's most clichéd film noir, complete with shadowy re-enactments, painfully literal symbolism, and absurdly ominous score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
A missed opportunity as both informative reportage on a globally devastating deception and an objective portrait of a difficult man's lonely mission of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
August 25, 2011
Frustratingly uneven in its presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 25, 2011
All this paranoid flim-flam drains energy away from the staggering, if far less cinematic, fact that Markopolos was ignored, not targeted.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 25, 2011
The director is Jeff Prosserman, and he appears to be auditioning for some other movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Variety
August 24, 2011
The human element of the film is so weirdly distracting it often deflects from its primary target.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 24, 2011
Jeff Prosserman's riveting doc takes a question that haunted the Bernie Madoff scandal - how did he fool everyone for so long? - and answers it with a decisive ''He didn't.''
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
Jeff Prosserman's film paints an arresting portrait of financial corruption so widespread that it infiltrates vast international networks, governmental regulatory bodies, and the U.S. media.