• Released
  • September 14, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 40 min
  • Drama
  • 311 Fan Ratings
91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film doesn't turn its issues into a glorified essay, but it does use them to give the audience a vital emotional workout.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's instructive to note what a killer actor Richard Gere can be when a movie rises to his level. Arbitrage is such a movie, a sinfully entertaining look at the sins committed in the name of money.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Nothing about the plot is novel, but the film easily maintains a low simmer that picks up in the final act, as Miller has to fight to keep his sinking ship staffed.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
"Just One More Chance," Billie Holiday implores on the soundtrack. The nice paradox of Arbitrage is that we're interested to see whether Robert gets one, even though he's the villain-in-chief of a suspense thriller whose plot turns on generalized scurrilousness. That's a tribute to Mr. Jarecki's smart writing, and to the take-no-prisoners performance of Mr. Gere.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In the end, Arbitrage disappoints a bit. The writing isn't as sharp, or sophisticated, as it needs be. And the cynicism exhibited by Miller and the circle of traders and tycoons he moves in seeps into the fabric of the story itself.
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Despite an abrupt ending and the worst title of the year, Arbitrage manages to leverage real tension from its veteran stars in one of Hollywood's first pedigreed films of the fall.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Arbitrage is a breezy watch, with good performances that don't cut very deep and an eye for d├ęcor but little interest in what it's decorating. What's missing, really, is outrage, or a sense of the 99 percent.
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60

Movieline

Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though it teeters at times on the edge between potboiler and melodrama, Arbitrage benefits from a notable lack of sympathy for Gere's Gordon Gekko-like Miller. Rather than seeming pat, Jarecki's straightforward cynicism is pointed and purposeful.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Features an exceedingly dapper Richard Gere in a series of nice suits and handsome close-ups that serve no purpose other than to remind us how exceedingly dapper Richard Gere looks in nice suits and handsome close-ups. The rest of the movie registers as a loss of: time, money, talent and logic.
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73 out of 100
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