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Margin Call (15)

Drama, Thriller

A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

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The critical consensus

Steering clear of overt condemnation or adulation of morally dubious characters, this is sophisticated cinema that respects the audience’s ability to follow complex subject matter.

****(*)Andrew Lowry, Total Film, 03/01/2012

The confident cinematic debut of writer-director JC Chandor, an experienced maker of commercials, Margin Call is the best fictional treatment of the current economic crisis.

Philip French, The Observer, 08/01/2012

Chock-full of terrific performances, Margin Call is the kind of gripping, grown-up film that these days is usually found on the small screen.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 09/01/2012

Insightful and never confusing, the picture conjures up a profound sense of lives lived in complete detachment from reality. Like The Social Network it grippingly dramatizes a dry, seemingly impenetrable subject that has huge implications for the way we live.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/01/2012

It's a film that couldn't have timed its release better. A true horror story for our times.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 12/01/2012

Fine acting and sense of purpose, if occasionally a little too equivocal.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 12/01/2012

It’s certainly a far more trenchant treatise on the culture of greed, arrogance and head-in-the-sand complicity than Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/01/2012

Perhaps nothing in the film quite compares to the horrid chill of the early sacking scene, but this is a shrewd and confident drama.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 12/01/2012

It has intelligence and dry wit, but also a sly wink of designer trashiness.

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 12/01/2012

This is the best American film about the money market since Boiler Room.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 13/01/2012

What’s interesting is how the film becomes an ethical exploration of those who knowingly trade toxic information in an attempt to save themselves.

***(*)(*)Callum, TV Bomb, 13/01/2012

Margin Call is as relevant as Oliver Stone’s Wall Street was in 1987, but you get the impression it’ll age better. Greed isn’t merely good here, it’s God; and He’s about to smite His acolytes with blazing Old Testament relish.

****(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 13/01/2012

It doesn't quite develop into either a gripping drama or an enlightening guide to our current economic woes.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 15/01/2012

The result is a film which works both as a compelling thriller and subtle drama.

***(*)(*)Steven Campbell-Harris, The Journal, 01/02/2012

Features about Margin Call (15)

Margin Call director fears US Occupy protests are too late

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 18/11/2011

Interview: JC Chandor, film director

The Scotsman, 06/01/2012

Margin Call is a 'Wall Street' for our times

Melissa Whitworth, The Telegraph, 13/01/2012

Fat cats who love dogs: Margin Call's bankers are only human

David Cox, The Guardian, 16/01/2012

Margin Call: all the spills of high-level corporate finance, but few thrills

Alex von Tunzelmann, The Guardian, 19/01/2012

Margin Call (15)

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General release. Check local listings for show times.

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