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A troubled hedge fund magnate, desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.

Actors: Richard Gere , Susan Sarandon , Tim Roth , Brit Marling , Monica Raymund , Nate Parker , Bruce Altman , Laetitia Casta , Chris Eigeman , Larry Pine
Directors: Nicholas Jarecki
Country: USA , POLAND
Release: 2012-09-14
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  • Roger Ebert

    Hitchcock called his most familiar subject "The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused." Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that's what makes the film so ingeniously involving.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Jarecki puts the veteran actor to brilliant use in the insanely gripping Arbitrage.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Arbitrage is a classy soap opera with a charismatic louse at its center, without "Margin Call" didactics, or the misplaced empathy of "The Company Men."

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • David Cox

    You've seen it all before, but lead Richard Gere drenches the proceedings in the old razzle-dazzle.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Unfolding in somber tones and among hard surfaces, Arbitrage has the slickness of new bank notes and the confidence of expensive tailoring.

    NPR Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki squarely lands that punch, creating a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Surprisingly entertaining, probably because it uses Wall Street shenanigans and schadenfreude as the backdrop to a crime drama.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Gere is being talked about as an Oscar contender - he's never been nominated. January is a long time off yet, but his name is certainly worth putting on the long list.

    Time Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Amazingly, Gere keeps it all together, via a kind of seething anti-rage that speaks reams to the character's survival instincts.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Slick and grown-up as Richard Gere himself, this intricate fiscal thriller takes a dead bead on extreme privilege.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.

    Variety Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    As many of the most memorable and darker thrillers have, Arbitrage plays with affinities in order to completely confuse the drawing of any clear lines between good and evil, criminal and executive, skilled pro and callous cad.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Arbitrage is actually a fairly straightforward thriller in the John Grisham vein. It doesn't demand that the viewer know the difference between a hedge fund and a hedgehog. Arbitrage also reminds us that thrillers do not have to be action-packed to generate tension.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There are few cinematic pleasures as satisfying to behold as an actor in a role that fits him like a Savile Row suit. Richard Gere offers just such gratification in Arbitrage, a silky, sophisticated Wall Street thriller that finds the actor utterly in his prime, wearing his age and accumulated emotional wisdom with warmth, charisma and nonstop appeal.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Arbitrage is never the nail-biting thriller that it could have been.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    More seriously, Jarecki never quite pierces the skin of this world, capturing its shiny and grimy surfaces but failing to immerse us in its flaws; too often it's like flipping through a magazine story on the lives of the rich and corrupt.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • 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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Part "Law & Order" morality play, part "Wall Street" with a dash of the more recent and topically pertinent "Margin Call," Arbitrage hums along, complicating its narrative without tying itself in knots.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Between Gere matching wits with a police detective played by Tim Roth, and Gere having to explain himself to the steely Sarandon, Arbitrage is never dull.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Heath Jr.

    If the film covers well-tread territory (a morally bankrupt player trying to prolong his own influence), it does so with pinpoint control of mood and theme.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    There's a touch of Hitchcockian flavor to the Arbitrage's cat-and-mouse thrills, yet the film clearly announces that there's now a third gifted Jarecki brother (in addition to Eugene and Andrew) to contend with in the moviemaking business.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Even at his worst - and Robert does some awful things - the actor almost makes you root for him, hoping he'll get away with it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.

    Total Film Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

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

    Movieline Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Every episode of "Law & Order" I've ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Instead of digging into the psychology and morality of greed, Mr. Jarecki only glances and lectures in that direction before piling on a lot of melodramatic complications, including a death, an investigation and a cynical detective (Tim Roth). These days, it seems, the illegal manipulation of hundreds of millions of dollars simply isn't enough to incite moral outrage.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Denby

    Part thriller, part character study, Arbitrage is Nicholas Jarecki's first feature, and it moves swiftly and confidently, with many details that feel exactly right. [24 Sept. 2012, p.98]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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