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Rogue Trader Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 11, 2015
Rogue Trader is a terrible waste of the talents of Ewan McGregor.
Rebecca Thomas
BBC.com
March 11, 2015
Nick Leeson, as the tale goes, was the man who had everything -- intelligence, charm, dream wife and job -- and spectacularly lost it. Unfortunately, Rogue Trader fares little better.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 11, 2015
Its plot alone is potentially fascinating, but as it stands, Rogue Trader remains notable only for the potential it squanders.

Total Film
March 11, 2015
Both McGregor and Friel turn in excellent, sympathetic performances.
Trevor Lewis
Empire Magazine
March 11, 2015
The pace is slow, the film only really picking up right towards the end, with too little, too late, but a dynamic central performance from McGregor keeps you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
March 11, 2015
Try as he might, Dearden can't stir the movie out of sluggishness, and given that we already know its infamous conclusion, there's no suspense.
Robert Pardi
TV Guide
March 11, 2015
Succeeding neither as a dissection of rampant egoism nor as a critique of the British class system, and rooting shamelessly for its notorious protagonist, this not-so-cautionary tale about the perils of white-collar crime is a piece of cinematic puffery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
March 11, 2015
Patchy but worthy.
Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 11, 2015
Unfortunately James Dearden, who wrote and directed Rogue Trader, ignores all the enticing genre possibilities and turns out a plodding biopic, featuring a central character with all the depth of the despicable yuppie from the Audi commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hollings
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Rogue Trader fails to get beyond the sensational headlines which [Nick Leeson's] exploits inspired at the time.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
Rogue Trader ends up looking simply passe, an '80s yarn in a '90s setting, at a time when money-market characters have long ceased to be heroes for the media or the general public.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 28, 2006
No one else involved in the film is able to match McGregor's conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
McGregor puts his all into the role; his sweating earnestness, however, isn't enough to break the overall inertia, and the rest of the cast are simply bystanders.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 18, 2005
a superb story, simply but effectively told
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 29, 2004
An intriguing true story, a magnetic lead actor, and yet the result is pancake-flat.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 31, 2004
Truly, truly boring.
| Original Score: 1/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 5, 2002
The story is there, but we have lost its central figure behind the sham of dramatic compromise.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
An extraordinary tale of ambition, love and despair, Rogue Trader is a beguiling bumpy ride on the rollercoaster of deception.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Recommended for financial gurus and numbers fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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