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Reviews: Arbitrage (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Nessuno è più innocente, la polizia imbroglia, gli avvocati corrompono, tutti pretendono un tornaconto. Il sogno americano è diventato un incubo nerissimo, che si mostra con il volto sorridente e affabile del potere.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The picture’s a mite too smooth and polished, but there’s a messiness to Gere’s performance that lingers past the end credits.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • [New – 5/16] | Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Richard Gere ofrece una gran interpretación que nos hace pensar si somos condescendientes con el mal cuando se ve bien
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Jarecki’s tale of a fall from grace, with its likable protagonist wading into financial and criminal quagmires, is like this year’s “Margin Call” focused on a Tom Wolfe Master of the Universe, and Gere’s terrific in the role.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This may be one of the least thrilling thrillers of all time.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: If not for Gere, whose ever-wearying performance suggests a man who is as fed up with himself as we are of him, this could have a very different movie.
  • Kate Erbland @ Film School Rejects
    • Excerpt: Nicholas Jarecki‘s feature film debut is slick, sexy, and well-made, but it lacks a beating human heart.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: It’s a shame Arbitrage itself couldn’t manage to be more risky in its approach to the perhaps overused genre that audiences will likely forget come the winter, but the audience will love to watch Gere smartly tackle a character on the decline.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Jarecki invests his film with a great sense of pacing and tension. It’s a well-crafted plot, effortlessly juggling financial and family drama, with a Colombo-esque complication nipping at its heels.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Savvy, slick and suspenseful financial thriller.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: For all the satisfying ironies that are dished up, some of what we’re served is hopelessly naive.
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: ‘Arbitrage’ is dealing in [simple] strokes, and there’s something very unusual, and very satisfying, about a movie that centers on one thing — in this case, the spectacle of watching Richard Gere trying to remain calm while his life spirals out of control — and never strays from that path.
  • Gabe Leibowitz @ Film and Felt
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Wealth and power can buy you everything, but it cannot buy you absolution.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: …for the better part of Arbitrage we follow a dirty financier, played by Richard Gere, who is portrayed not as a post-modern antihero but as a morally compromised ‘90s-era Richard Gere character. The notion is so stale it feels like Intersection 2.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Arbitrage is a taut, exciting, and – above all – classy Wall Street thriller that challenges our sympathies and paints a fascinating portrait of a man with questionable ethics.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www,jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Whom audiences find themselves rooting for, and how they feel about the story’s outcome, may reflect something of their political philosophies.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Nicholas Jarecki’s brilliant true-to-life film may someday serve as commentary to a future generation of how we lived now in the early years of the 21st century. That’s sad news because here is a movie about how a man can get himself around his problems with the right amount of money.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Some not-so-fancy narrative mechanics set Richard Gere up as a one-percenter antihero in a movie that deplorably attempts to mitigate the evil that wealthy corruption loves to wield at every level of social injustice.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Ed Whitfield @ The Ooh Tray
  • Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: A walk down the seamy side of Wall Street is pulled out of the shredder by Gere’s performance, but only barely.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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