Margin Call Synopsis
The lives of the key people at an investment bank over a 24 hour period.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Chandor's shrewdest bit of business is figuring out how to make an A-list movie with a $3.5-million budget. Solution: buy low, sell high....
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
You could describe Margin Call as a thriller (it's wired with suspense), yet the tension all comes from words.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While Spacey, Tucci, and Bettany are the standouts, every cast member locates disturbing notes of villainy or humanity.
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Margin Call's strengths are of mood and the slick surfaces of things, and these elements are haunting long after the credits have rolled.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As such, it's chilling and enjoyable in unequal measure. Entertainment predominates, but entertainment with smarts, and a well-honed edge.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Chandor's writing goes to some darkly interesting places, and there's fun to be found in individual performances.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Margin Call is an explosive drama that speaks lucidly and scarily to the times we live in.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's hard to feel compassion for these Masters of the Universe. I'm not even sure Chandor wants us to, but if he doesn't, then what's the...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
In the case of Jeremy Irons playing the aloof English billionaire who owns the bank, that's dinner theater. But it's of the highest caliber.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
The first-rate cast cannot be faulted. Chandor has assembled an extraordinary ensemble.
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Nothing special. It's been done before

By nickiwalliser
So many of the actors in this movie I love, and that's part of the reason why I wanted to see this flick. Wall Street movies are appealing to me and I feel like this movie has been done so many times...

Intense. Intelligent. Interesting.

A must-see. Great cast, great look, great direction, great everything. If you have a chance, you should definitely see this movie! No finger-pointing, no good guys vs bad guys, just very human, very...

People will hate this movie, but they should see this movie

By MovTicket4321
There is no hero. People want pretty people to act and do wonderful things, but there is no moral compass, just greed. This story is about now. We have a financial system built on air and the only...


By kwatinetz
a movie that doesn't dumb down villains and heroes in order to make a point. it is tough to see who to blame here, although the CEO (played by Irons) gets a fair amount of it. One of the more...

Could Someone Explain This Movie To Me

By Roxysix6
The reason I went to see Margin Call this afternoon was because of the cast. Brilliant actors, and they were all exceptional in the movie. But I had one little problem; I sat there listenting to...


By tedrpoli
Great movie, but it will sadden you to see how far our society of well educated and intelligent members has fallen to the calls of greed and selfishness. At least a few showed some signs of...

Masterpiece Monster Movie

By weems
You may not understand the inner workings of the monsters (aka mortgage-backed securities) that stalk this Wall Street firm and its employees. But most of them, like earthlings after an alien...

Margin Call

By rcalex1
Extraordinarily tight, taught, tense -- and ultimately terrifying but in an extraordinarily cold blooded way. I thought AO Scott's review which was positive, was also off the mark. This movie is so...

Review Of "Margin Call"

By 4949leno
When a writer or a screenwriter writes of an historical event he or she should not whitewash the actors in that event.... How would we like a writer to present a book explaining why the the prison...

A Little Too Humanized Wall Street

By shrinkrapt
Although it deals with the heart of the matter concerning the market crisis, Margin Call takes such a small scale approach that one could think it is addressing just the turmoil within a single...

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Rated R | For Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Thoughtful Wall Street drama has drinking, language.
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