Margin Call Reviews

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September 15, 2020

The film is practically hijacked by Kevin Spacey, though, as a far more complex corporate dirtbag than he usually plays.

July 20, 2020

Though an excessively talky affair, the screenplays abundance of great dialogue and powerful storytelling smarts casts a dazzling spell.

July 17, 2020

You can tell a story out of anything, and you can tell a story about anybody, but the more technical the story gets and the more unsympathetic the characters become make telling that story harder. Margin Call is very well told.

January 17, 2020

Chandor has a real knack for capturing the airless, cutthroat dimension to the modern workplace.

August 13, 2019

Though perhaps trying a little too hard at times to project a macro-profundity on its banks imploding thesis, Margin Call gets most of its tactics just right.

August 7, 2019

Margin Call is like a submarine movie: a chamber piece that sends us on a claustrophobic descent into the depths of the financial crisis.

August 6, 2019

Even with its mostly even handed approach it remains mostly dry and clinical, lacking in fire and directorial spark.

June 27, 2019

Chandor manages to induce a certain amount of unease and dread in the initial proceedings. But what begins like a prophetic Wall Street set John Grisham novel quickly becomes a stalemate of soliloquies.

February 8, 2019

Margin Call is worth seeing for its cast and for its intentions, but its easy to imagine how the whole thing could have been done better.

January 5, 2019

Not only does it offer no new insights into an issue everyone needs to understand; its also about as enthralling as watching an investment banker pace his office all day while alternately talking and yelling into the telephone glued onto his ear.

December 21, 2018

Vague on details regarding the company or the reasons for its impending demise, the film is far more meticulous in painting the possible final hours for this company that unfolds almost like a reverse werewolf tale.

August 29, 2018

Chandor is at times fortunate to have such a talented cast, all of whom provide strong performances.

August 14, 2018

Margin Call ranks among the top dramas ever made about Wall Street.

October 21, 2017

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.

August 30, 2017

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

February 12, 2016

... 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.

March 17, 2014

Margin Call is Wall Street for now. That a sexy Gordon Gekko-type villain is no longer anywhere to be found shows just how much worse things really are today.

June 30, 2013

A well-told and credible look at the economic collapse from the perspective of one companys employees.

June 22, 2013

Gets the little details right, the way everyone is one bad week away from being homeless, the way you can have a conversation with a colleague with the cleaning lady standing in between you and no one will ever even acknowledge that shes there.

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