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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
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
"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
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. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com
- hobster1, Wednesday, September 19, 2012