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When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller's also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Cote… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are holes in the plot, to be sure, but somehow we don't mind, because for all the unbearable tension of Jarecki's script, the central attraction here is the man in the arena."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Part thriller, part character study, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"As we follow the increasingly frantic Gere down his nightmarish rabbit hole, the picture takes a satisfyingly cold, amoral stance - less critique and more cynical observation."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Richard Gere is terrific and the supporting cast do superb jobs in this fascinating exploration of greed, justice and the law."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Arbitrage is the kind of classily put-together film that actors, filmmakers and grown-up audiences frequently complain no longer gets made."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A tight thriller that shows [its] handsome star in fine form as a morally bankrupt financier playing fast and loose with ethics and the law."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Like something straight out of 1992, Nicholas Jarecki's debut feature Arbitrage ... is a small scale, high-gloss thriller that feels like Wall Street's cousin."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"An absorbing character study that teases some vicarious revenge on a perfidious member of the billionaire's club."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"This is a gleaming movie about a man with his back to the wall, facing disgrace on several fronts and the possibility of exchanging his Armani suit for prison garb."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Gere gets the role he has been suiting up for ever since he was first designer-dressed for a murder rap in American Gigolo."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"The screenplay, written by first-time director Nicholas Jarecki, keeps us guessing, which is one of the best compliments one can pay to a movie of this sort."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A Wall Street-thriller blending elements of Chappaquiddick with a pinch of John Edwards and a whole lot of Bernie Madoff."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"It's the way Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki create sympathy for the devil that makes this so gripping."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Arbitrage is a rewarding, thought-provoking movie that deserves to find a wide audience."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
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