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: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% 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

A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller.

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Craig D. Lindsey

Margin Call effectively portrays these masters of the universe as flawed folk who were just as ill-informed, unaware and ultimately scared of losing it all as the general public.

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Laremy Legel

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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

The movie is about gamesmanship and ruthlessness and what it takes to find room at the top. And stay there.

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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.

Sean Axmaker

... digs into the how and why of the market crash, not just in terms of economics but in the culture of Wall Street and the justifications that individuals tell themselves in order to follow the company line.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Chandor creates a gripping and intelligent drama that relies on a careful pace, a very sharp ensemble cast and constant first-rate dialogue to depict with a… More
"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
Pierluigi Puccini
Owing a huge deal to David Mamet and his cunning, no nonsense, hyper realistic dialogue; first time writer-director J. C Chandor weaves an equally engrossing… 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
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