Margin Call
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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 entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Writer/director J.C. Chandor's enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"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."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"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."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Wily humor and sly observations about the lives of these high rollers are the highlights... It's when those give way to issues of morality that the film disappoints, just a little..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Carefully crafted performances and taut pacing carry the day."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A well-told and credible look at the economic collapse from the perspective of one company's employees."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"In Margin Call, first time writer-director JC Chandor creates a humanizing insight into the lives of the bankers who discovered the fall of the economy."
‑ Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
"At times, the film becomes just a series of static, over-determined conversations held in lofty offices and gleaming toilets."
‑ Keir Roper-Caldbeck, The Skinny
"Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Maybe the financial collapse went down something like this..."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Margin Call can't beat the street, missing the mark in a major way given the massive expectations."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
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