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Margin Call Reviews

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April 4, 2011
What could have been a dynamic narrative instead ends up as baffling and quite often as boring as an Economy 101 textbook.
October 22, 2012
Margin Call can't beat the street, missing the mark in a major way given the massive expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2011
A 24-hour meltdown of meetings and dark-night-of-the-soul speeches that would have been better suited to the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2011
The only thing I wrestled with was "Do I care?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 4, 2012
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.
November 8, 2012
At times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2011
The credits are the most fascinating part of "Margin Call."
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2011
The severe imbalance between argot and emotion makes it impossible to care much about most of what we see.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
November 17, 2011
Ultimately romanticizes the traders it pretends only to humanize, and validates the enterprise it is attempting to scold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2011
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
October 20, 2011
...a series of increasingly alarmed faces looking at papers and computer screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
October 21, 2011
If only the movie's cast of ordinary working stiffs weren't quite so bland and, frankly, dull.
October 24, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 26, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2011
Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.
October 20, 2017
Margin Call effectively portrays these masters of the universe as flawed folk who were just as ill-informed, unaware and ultimately scared of losing it all as the general public.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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