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Margin Call Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
February 12, 2016
... digs into the how and why of the market crash, not just in terms of economics but in the culture of Wall Street and the justifications that individuals tell themselves in order to follow the company line.
Dan Jardine
March 17, 2014
Margin Call is Wall Street for now. That a sexy Gordon Gekko-type villain is no longer anywhere to be found shows just how much worse things really are today.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A well-told and credible look at the economic collapse from the perspective of one company's employees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
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
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-
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
In Margin Call, first time writer-director JC Chandor creates a humanizing insight into the lives of the bankers who discovered the fall of the economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
Maybe the financial collapse went down something like this...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 13, 2012
Wily humor and sly observations about the lives of these high rollers are the highlights... It's when those give way to issues of morality that the film disappoints, just a little...
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
May 20, 2012
Es casi imposible identificarse con alguno de los personajes. Y el director y guionista lo sabe, por eso dota a su ópera prima de una tensión propia de un thriller, y de una mirada cínica y desencantada.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
May 10, 2012
This is Chandor's triumph, and marks him out as someone to keep an eye on in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
Margin Call's a tightly scripted, intensely acted, skillfully directed, character piece that illuminates the depths of moral and ethical corruption at the epicentre of western capitalist society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 17, 2012
Intelligently written and brilliantly portrayed, Margin Call delves into the belly of the beast where consequence is given no conscious and the line between good vs evil is blurred amongst a sea of numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Groves
March 13, 2012
Taut Wall Street drama takes an inside look at financial and human meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 12, 2012
With a script void of shouting matches and preachy monologues, J.C. Chandor makes the brave decision not to demonise these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Simon Miraudo
March 12, 2012
[It] gives us villains that, rather than being sympathetic, are well-argued and reasonable. It gives us heroes that, whilst idealistic, make immoral choices for their own betterment. Margin Call is complex, fury-inspiring, and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012
What makes it engaging is that the Oscar nominated screenplay explores the people who make the decisions from a moral point of view. And finds them wanting.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012
It's a fascinating film that reveals much about its characters and provides food for thought for all of us who live in a capitalist society. Greed may be good for the avaricious but it's sure as hell ugly when it comes at any cost
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
March 11, 2012
Smart, sharp and dark, J C Chandor's ensemble drama - eliciting defined, defiant performances from an A-grade cast - summons the spirit of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
February 19, 2012
Chandor underplays the human drama and the anonymity of the Wall Street office building so much it risks slipping into doldrums, but the stakes are too great and the actors too sharp to let that happen.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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