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There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained.
Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat.
Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic.
The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy.
Full of dizzying technical detail that only those in mergers-and-acquisitions may fully appreciate.
The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing.
[T]he feeling of concrete, this-ain't-science-fiction reality the film creates is effectively low-key eerie...
Works more effectively as a collegiate dissertation than a fictional dissection of people caught in events beyond their control.
Basically, The Deal looks and sounds a whole lot like a big-budget, feature-length TV commercial for Merrill Lynch.
Most of the action takes place in board meetings, with characters handing each other secret memos or talking on the phone; it's a shockingly non-visual movie.
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