Rogue Trader
Rogue Trader (1999)

Ewan McGregor stars in this drama as Nick Leeson, the real-life stockbroker whose excess ambition and reckless investment strategies destroyed the Barings Bank, one on England's oldest merchant banks.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

Its plot alone is potentially fascinating, but as it stands, Rogue Trader remains notable only for the potential it squanders.

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Peter Bradshaw

Rogue Trader is a terrible waste of the talents of Ewan McGregor.

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Trevor Lewis
Empire Magazine

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.

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Derek Elley

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.

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Rebecca Thomas

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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Anthony Quinn

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Total Film

Both McGregor and Friel turn in excellent, sympathetic performances.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Biodrama that gives the inside look at how a good man can go bad....really bad. This is a great example of stupidity, and how bad choices in life can create… More
FanGirl Browncoat
I never thought a movie about stocks/stock trader would be interesting but it was. I'm not from England so I didn't know this history. What a story.
Daniel Mumby
In the current climate, where it's almost fashionable to bash the banker, it would be all too simple to go easy on films which paint a broadly negative… More
Mouhannad Sawas
"Rogue Trader" This movie is the true story of Nick Leeson (the fantastic Ewan McGregor), the employee who broke the oldest bank in England, the… More

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