Arbitrage

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 13, 2012
    60
    Gere does his best to give Arbitrage an agitated energy, but Jarecki's fatalism works against the film.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 13, 2012
    60
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Feb 22, 2013
    60
    As much as Nicholas Jarecki’s debut feature simmers, it never quite boils.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    6
    On the positive side, this film has strong acting, stylish directing, impeccable production values. The individual scenes are very wellOn the positive side, this film has strong acting, stylish directing, impeccable production values. The individual scenes are very well written and the dialog is crisp and authentic. On the negative side, Richard Gere's character has no redeeming value and is hard to embrace as an audience member. He is a man without a shred of moral duty or a sense of right and wrong. So it's difficult to become invested in a character who is so utterly repugnant. He could very well be accurately drawn, but so could a well crafted oil painting of a maggot. Full Review »
  2. Lyn
    Jan 5, 2013
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. What a disappointment! Considering the cast -- and the start of the film -- I was expecting a smart, edgy tale of corrupt financiers gone amok in the Big Apple. What I got was yet another melodrama about a middle-aged slickster whose affair with a younger woman takes a tragic turn, and his machinations to avoid the consequences. It's been done better by everyone from Adrian Lyne to Woody Allen. Actually, it's been done better on TV series like "Damages." Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    6
    What we have here is Richard Gere being cool and looking stylish is expensive suits. The plot is awfully mundane- and frustratingly morallyWhat we have here is Richard Gere being cool and looking stylish is expensive suits. The plot is awfully mundane- and frustratingly morally ambiguous, but the actors are very good here- and more importantly Arbitrage is believable. It doesn't feel like watching a movie. Full Review »