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Dynamic performances by Richard Gere and an all-star cast highlight this riveting, suspense-filled thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance.

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ON for kids age 17
Positive role models
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Intelligent, grown-up thriller has some violence, drugs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arbitrage -- a grown-up thriller set in the world of high finance -- will likely be of more interest to parents than to most teens. There's one major violent scene (a car crash with a dead body and blood), as well as some threatening and arguing. Language is fairly strong, with about a dozen uses of "f--k" and a few uses of the "N" word. The main character (played by Richard Gere) has an extramarital affair and is seen kissing and having implied sex with his mistress. The mistress is shown snorting cocaine at one point. Adult characters drink scotch and wine at social gatherings; some characters smoke cigarettes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Arbitrage's violent events. Which feels more intense -- the car crash sequence or the scenes in which Detective Bryer confronts the main character? Why?
  • Is Robert Miller right to hide his activities and problems from his family? Could they have helped? Should families tell each other everything?
  • Are there any role models in this movie? Why would we root for Robert Miller when he's made so many bad choices?
  • What does this movie have to say about the current financial crisis?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fresh: "Arbitrage" becomes far more complex than just dramatized anti-corporate polemic, or even a simple fall from grace.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, September 14, 2012

Fresh: This isn't very effective as a thriller, though it's a provocative fable about our ambivalent feelings toward financial elites.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Friday, September 21, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Power is the best alibi. Great Film! What distinguishes Arbitrage is the superb acting. Susan Sarandon is, as always, right in character as the society wife who knows more than you think, but in the end has her own set of priorities. Britt Marling plays the daughter who aspires to build her own career only to be forced to confront disillusionment in the "real world" and make some tough choices. Richard Gere, as Robert Miller, is the epitome of a Wall Street "master of the universe" whose finely balanced life is on the verge of collapse. Arbitrage is slick, American filmmaking that delivers on what it promises. No more, but no less. Is the sublime archetype, substantive and lasting and proving that smarts and dedicated performers can drive a compelling narrative. It's definitely a better than average genre attempt, despite still having a very standard and familiar type of premise and story in it. So in essence, nothing surprising but it's all still very well made and acted out by its impressive cast, which already is worth the price alone. Give it a try you probably will like it! Robert Miller is a successful financial businessman with a loving wife and a smart daughter ready to take over the family business. Professional secrets involving illegal fraudulent activities start coming out at the same time that Robert's personal secrets take a turn for the worse and threaten to derail everything he has achieved.

- MANUGINO, Friday, December 7, 2012

3 stars

"Arbitrage" is a 1990s-style melodrama set in the world of high finance. Despite its old-fashioned style, it's quite effective. Richard Gere does a good job, but the press he's been receiving is over the top. Gere is no Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he never will be.

- dunmyer, Thursday, September 20, 2012

3 stars

Arbitrage is an excellent showcase for Richard Gere's talents. As of late, the actor has demonstrated a knack for giving some great performances. Ever since Unfaithful, He appears to be gracefully entering the latter part of his acting career with some wonderfully nuanced work. Not since Cary Grant has a leading man entered his 60s so smoothly. Robert Miller is a man of incredible wealth and power. Richard conveys the desperation of a man on the precipice of monetary ruin. Based on his less than honorable financial dealings, we should completely hate him, but in his capable hands, Gere makes him a fully formed human being that does earn our sympathy along with the expected hatred. An economic thriller may sound like an oxymoron. It's not an easy sell perhaps, but thanks to Richard Gere, he manages to make this character study of a flawed individual, compelling.

- hobster1, Wednesday, September 19, 2012