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This well made Wall Street drama presents 24 hours in the life of one of those smug and self congratulatory financial institutions as it is about to go under heralding the credit crunch.
Is it the best film about Wall Street ever made? No. But it is a strong first effort from writer-director J.C. Chandor and makes surprisingly gripping viewing out of an important but, let's face it, rather dry subject. And Kevin Spacey is awesome in it.
I don't know if it is just me, but recently I have enjoyed the performances by the actors more than I have enjoyed the actual movies. The Ides of March was a pretty good movie, made exceptional by the performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman...
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This is a movie about the beginnings of the financial crisis that nearly brought world's economy crashing down in flames in 2008. If you are looking for a film that explains the financial meltdown on Wall Street, this isn't it.
It’s possible that you will hear about the new movie Margin Call and develop a nervous twitch in your eye. That kind of thing happens a lot when a movie seems aggressively topical.
That picture and the new, more interesting "Margin Call" operate not as cries from the heart, gut punches or anything you'd find in the early 1930s, say, when Hollywood studios produced an astonishing (and often astonishingly fierce)...
"Margin Call" is not a movie that's going to play very well with the Occupy Wall Street crowd -- or with those who lost houses, savings and jobs thanks to the recent financial apocalypse.
This is what makes “Margin Call” yet another movie that’s torn from today’s headlines. Unlike the superb documentaries of Michael Moore and such works as “Wall Street” (“greed is good”). writer-director J.C. Chandor’s deals with what’
Margin Call is a thriller set mostly in an office building on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. It was one of my most anticipated films at Sundance and although it didn't knock me on my ass, it definitely delivered.
St. Petersburg Times
Wall Street is the focus of Hollywood again in Margin Call, but this movie's stock is falling.
Coincidentally, I’d watched an award screener of Contagion just before running out to catch Margin Call and was unsettled by the number of eerie parallels between the two pictures. No fooling; I kept expecting Jude Law or Matt Damon to walk around ...
There's a funny, and telling, line in "Margin Call," a smart, harrowing and mordant drama set inside a fictional Wall Street firm at the trip-wire moment just before the 2008 financial collapse.
Margin Call -- in a topical mode not far removed from that of Up in the Air, The Company Men, and Inside Job -- is a vivid snapshot of an early stage of 2008's financial crisis that exposes, provokes, disturbs, and even sickens.
Susan Granger Entertainment Commentaries
From Wall Street protestors to global demonstrations against greed, you can’t get timelier than J.C. Chandor’s topical thriller that unfolds in 2008 over the course of roughly 24 hours,
How good is J.C. Chandor's debut? So good I was ready to buy what he was selling even though I didn't entirely understand it.
While it's usually the individual trader in the stock market who fears the dreaded margin call, this financial-world thriller capitalizes on a case in which it's an investment bank that can't pay its debts.
"Margin Call" employs an excellent cast who can make financial talk into compelling dialogue.
Monsters and Critics
This no-nonsense screenplay tells a story grounded in the recent gigantic financial meltdown of a Wall Street mired in toxic securities.
The Baltimore Sun
With recent history and the current winds so stiff with economic grief, it's no wonder films such as the recent layoff-centered drama "The Company Men" struggle to find a sympathetic paying audience.
Alfred Hitchcock, were he still alive today, would likely jump at the chance to make a thriller set in the world of financial markets,
An unusual drama about the overnight collapse of a financial firm, "Margin Call" offers a tightly focused look at an industry blindsided by crisis.
Creative Loafing Charlotte
The absorbing drama Margin Call focuses on the first rumblings of the 2008 financial crisis, but unlike many movies based in the historical past,
New York Post
Basically “Titanic’’ for the Occupy Wall Street generation, J.C. Chandor’s riveting drama “Margin Call’’ covers roughly a day and a half climaxing with the great stock market crash of September 2008.
It's set on Wall Street, 2008, hours before everything goes to hell. Stanley Tucci is a longtime, high-level guy at an unnamed firm who's let go, given six months severance and shown the door by security moments later.
The A.V. Club
At its best, Margin Call feels like the Fail Safe of our time, a doomsday thriller where the fate of the world rests on a few people with their fingers on the button.
Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film.
It's 2008 and the economy is on a precipice. The financial sector is about to collapse. Margin Call is not a documentary; it does not claim to be factual.
Margin Call unfolds over 24 hours, give or take, and it rarely ventures out of the Manhattan office building in which its unnamed firm is based.
Margin Call is a disaster movie without any explosions. Or rather, it's a movie about the initial response and attempts to control what could become a calamitous disaster.
Given the fact that the collapse and bailout of the housing market openly revealed both the culture of corruption that passes for a "free market" and the utter failure of politicians to prove they are anything but big-bank bitches
Want to be a fly on the wall when a gaggle of investment bankers precipitate the 2008 financial crisis? Step up for Margin Call, a thrillingly intense look at what went down through the prism of one unnamed Wall Street investment firm trying to save its
"Margin Call" is a movie about the death and dying of an enormous financial institution much like Lehman Brothers, chronicling the exact moment in 2008 when underlings and then titans alike realize too late that the jig is up.
In contrast to icons of the form like Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, Margin Call is a strangely and even willfully enervated look at the world of high finance.
Margin Call is rife with smart, sharp performances. Paul Bettany is a chain-smoking exec who takes home just under $3 million a year - and who breaks down his expenses for an awestruck junior analyst: $300,000 for the mortgage, $125,000 for the car,
“Margin Call” isn’t a sermon, it’s a dissection, an all-star big-name top-to-bottom/bottom-to-top analysis of the sorts of people and the kind of mindsets that brought the world to its dire financial state today.
A portrait of the eve of 2008's financial crisis that plays out with funereal inevitability, Margin Call loves speechifying, but the film is far more assured when lingering in the silence of its morally compromised characters.
Sacramento News & Review
At an unnamed Wall Street firm, just as they’re harshly downsizing the staff, one remaining analyst (Zachary Quinto) discovers what his newly fired boss (Stanley Tucci) was working on—an analysis showing that the firm is over-committed in toxic assets
Margin Call is the movie Oliver Stone tried to make with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, only a lot less flashy and melodramatic — and sharper, smarter and with a much stronger cast.
It may have happened something like this. "Margin Call" depicts the last night of good times on Wall Street, as a deadly certainty travels up the executive ladder at an investment firm:
Time Out New York
You may be feeling done with all the postmortems about 2008’s economic collapse—just make it go away, right? Still, if you’d like to see all the varying shades of greed and miscalculation represented in a verbal and sometimes artful manner, J.C. Cha
The Austin Chronicle
Unlikely to be either the tea party or Occupy America's first pick for best film of the year, Margin Call is nevertheless a surprisingly adroit effort to A) explain the birth pains of our current financial woes, and B) show what it might have been like,
Sky Movies HD
A survey recently discovered that grafters working in banking were among the most likely to suffer a heart attack. Well, that’s a bonus.
AT last something good has come out of the financial crisis: Margin Call, a riveting thriller that explores the economic collapse in microcosm through the prism of an imploding Watt Street investment bank over the course of one night.
Strong performances and an intimate approach makes Margin Call consistently compelling.
Margin Call unfolds in a series of quietly intense and increasingly distressing meetings between the various figures - Quinto and Spacey, Spacey and Irons, Irons and Moore, Moore and Tucci, and so on.
ABC Radio (Australia)
There's no doubt that this delay will lessen the interest factor of Australian audiences for Margin Call, which is a terrible pity, because it's an excellent, enthralling and revealing thriller. Chandor's script was nominated for Best Original...
Following factual dramatisations of the 2008 US financial meltdown in HBO's Too Big To Fail and BBC's The Last Days of Lehman Brothers, Margin Call plays the fictionalised card, focusing on the rapid reaction of a Lehmans-like investment bank to the...
Time Out London
Margin call indeed. American debut feature director JC Chandor’s take on the 2008 economic meltdown is an ambiguous beast, melding bullpen drama, forensic procedural and moral hazard in its account of a Wall Street investment bank’s long...
But Margin Call is a contender for best Wall Street film yet because it neither attacks nor drools over the employees at its Lehman-style firm facing the earliest ripples of the 2008 crash. Debut writer/director J.C. Chandor presents these characters...
Little White Lies
Margin Call has much to admire. Chandor proposes that when the cataclysm comes, it could well be instantaneous, and he really evokes a sense that the tectonic plates of commerce are shifting underfoot as these slick stooges are forced to atone...
Margin Call profits from procuring excellent work from its bankable cast and presenting a highly complex scenario to the audience in an accessible manner without ever being patronising or dumbed down.
Margin Call is an acutely satisfying watch, expertly crafted by a debut feature film writer-director demonstrating a sound knowledge of 30 years of banking experience.
Shadows on the Wall
This lucid drama about the start of the current economical collapse is gripping, even if its structure feels stagey: basically a lot of scenes of people talking in offices. But solid performances and an accessible script make it resonate.
The title of writer-director JC Chandor’s dizzying debut refers to the moment when all debts must be repaid – the day of reckoning. And boy does he deliver. At an unnamed Wall Street firm (Lehman Brothers!), recently fired risk manager Stanley Tucci gives
IF YOU’VE ever been fired or know someone who has or is possibly about to be, then the first 15 minutes of this new movie will send huge shivers down your spine.
The Guardian UK
Writer-director JC Chandor's tense whitecollar drama is a sober corrective to what can only be described as Hollywood's "Gordon Gekko" approach to high finance: ie, making it notionally horrible, but still insisting on how super-sexy and exciting it...
Margin Call not only redresses the balance, but manages to be a cracking thriller along the way.
How many of us not working in the financial industry actually knew what precipitated the economic meltdown in 2008-09 that the world economy is still struggling to recover from today? The most we probably know is that some bad financial products that...
The wonder of Margin Call is that there are no classic villains. Irons’ character is the closest to a bad guy, but even he is just playing by rules that seem to have periodic failure built into their DNA.
The boardroom thriller Margin Call seeks topical thunder by suggesting that wealthy 1 percenters hurt as much as poor 99 percenters when their economic worlds collapse.
The Globe And Mail
If Eric Dale worked on the Titanic, he would’ve been stationed on the crow’s nest – first to spot the iceberg. He’s a risk manager at an unnamed Wall Street securities firm in 2008, sitting at his desk, frowning at a historical volatility index.
Margin Call is a thriller about what might have happened -- believably, because it is so dark, and so smart -- during the financial crisis of 2008. Set mostly in the offices of a fictional investment bank that resembles Lehman Brothers...
Margin Call An intense, focused dramatization of one moment at the beginning of the 2008 global financial meltdown, J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call arrives on the heels of numerous documentaries that have attempted to show in grand fashion how toxic assets,