Margin Call
Margin Call (2011)

Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 2011
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88%
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74%



Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.

Ben Walters
Time Out

Chandor proffers a cross-section of a Lehman Brothers-esque company as the realisation dawns that sub-prime speculation has brought the market to an ominous tipping point.

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Justin Chang
Variety

A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

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.

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Laremy Legel
Film.com

Carefully crafted performances and taut pacing carry the day.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A well-told and credible look at the economic collapse from the perspective of one company's employees.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's a realistic take on what happens when high-flying money speculators suddenly hit ground. It's also a great calling card for J.C. Chandor, the writer/director making his feature debut.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A re-telling of the 2008 financial crisis that casts it as Greek tragedy and very nearly respects the three classical unities, covering one main action (the… More
Melvin White
Sam Rogers: This is what the beginning of a fire sale looks like.  "Be First. Be Smarter. Or Cheat." Margin Call was much more entertaining then I… More
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"I liked the movie. I thought the cast was excellent as well as most of the acting. I think some characters were not needed (cough, cough, Penn Badgley). I… More
Anthony Lawrie
Apart from Zachary Quinto's rabbit in the headlight performance and the pointless inclusion of Penn Badgley's character, this is a brilliant example… More
Cynthia S.
Great actors, decent plot, but I would not classify this movie as a "thriller." It was interesting, but I found myself waiting for something thrilling… More
Chris Weber
Solid performances from a stellar cast highlight this well time and well meaning docudrama. Set over the course of 24 very taut hours, the film follows an entry… More