The lives of the key people at an investment bank over a 24 hour period during the early stages of a financial crisis.
" It's a realistic take on what happens when high-flying money speculators suddenly hit ground. It's also a great calling card for J.C. Chandor, the writer/director making his feature debut. "
" A terrific piece of entertainment. "
" Chandor's film is not a tale of the plots and counterplots of conniving bankers. It is a disaster movie, in which even the Masters of the Universe are running for their lives. "
" Carefully crafted performances and taut pacing carry the day. "
" It's all fairly entertaining but also confusing for anybody who doesn't get the Wall Street lingo. "
" A taut, smart and remarkably timely thriller... "
" It sees its characters not as villains but, simply, as business people - with all that means. "
" Spacey is mesmerizing as Sam, a weary, aging lion losing his appetite for antelope. And Irons plays the villain with magisterial ease. "
" That Chandor manages to find the blood in each character is accomplishment enough; that he manages to make his drama both relevant and timeless portends a bright future indeed. "
" Writer-director J.C. Chandor then plunges us into a dark night of quietly nasty reckoning as it becomes clear to the firm's honchos that the calamitous risk assessments one of their own was working on might well be true. "
" Though fictionalized and understated, "Margin Call'' effectively voices the same outrage that the Occupy Wall Street movement is so loudly proclaiming. "
" The real strength of '[Chandor's] debut feature is how persuasively it depicts the fishbowl world of high finance, whose executives seem incapable of seeing past their towering salaries and privileged lives. "
" Chandor proffers a cross-section of a Lehman Brothers-esque company as the realisation dawns that sub-prime speculation has brought the market to an ominous tipping point. "
" Topical drama about the financial crisis lacks the visceral punch to grab an audience. "
" This may be the first post-2008 feature film to dramatize the crisis itself, rather than using it as a backdrop for an outraged harangue against the banks. "
" Margin Call is one of the strongest American films of the year and easily the best Wall Street movie ever made. "
" A smart, harrowing and mordant drama set inside a fictional Wall Street firm at the trip-wire moment just before the 2008 financial collapse. "
" How good is J.C. Chandor's debut? So good I was ready to buy what he was selling even though I didn't entirely understand it. "
" Margin Call is the movie Oliver Stone tried to make with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, only a lot less flashy and melodramatic -- and sharper, smarter and with a much stronger cast. "
" A methodical, coolly absorbing boardroom thriller. "
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