Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18

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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 25, 2013
    Costa-Gavras' film excels as a meticulously researched procedural that goes deep into the grime of greed, deception and cynical exploitation. But it is also a wickedly clever character analysis of a man more divided against himself than his preternatural calm suggests.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 24, 2013
    Gavras never forces the material into allegorical turf; it's a relatively straightforward look at the ramifications of getting blinded by dollar signs, with perhaps one of the most clearly defined visions of economic depravity since "Wall Street."
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 4, 2013
    Costa-Gavras develops such a propulsively suspenseful pace — with no small assist from Armand Amar’s mood-enhancing Euro-tech score — that his drama comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an engrossing page-turner you might purchase off the rack at an airport newsstand.
  4. Clearly, Costa-Gavras has lost none of his kinetic pacing or his cerebral way with thrills. Unfortunately, the script later gets corrupted itself by a sexual melodrama that lacks both sense and sultriness.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Oct 4, 2013
    A film that lingers in the memory in spite of being rather irritating to watch.
  6. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Nov 1, 2013
    The famously left-leaning Costa-Gavras is preaching to the choir in his indignation, but he does so in slick, brisk fashion.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Oct 23, 2013
    Costa-Gavras's new film is more a funhouse-mirror panegyric (albeit on an exhausted topic) than the staid thriller promised by its press materials.
  8. 63
    A mildly entertaining sermon about American “Cowboy Capitalism” as it rubs up against “The French Way.”
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 1, 2013
    There's plenty of pacing verve in Costa-Gavras' technique, and the residue from that first thrilling peek inside the hermetic world of big-time money-moving never goes away. What's lacking is most surprising from this dissident filmmaker: the emotional outrage.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2013
    Sex is plentiful, but the lust is for paydays. This is territory covered far more vibrantly in “Margin Call,” yet director Costa-Gavras (“Z,” “Missing”) still has good, old-fashioned indignation to count on.
  11. Oct 24, 2013
    Uneven as Capital is, unlike so many films about capitalism it’s never boring and is unafraid of its point of view.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 21, 2013
    While the film is persuasive and detailed in its depiction of financial corruption, it’s also essentially a two-hour lecture, dry and academic.
  13. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Oct 24, 2013
    Yet despite recent solid entries like "Margin Call" and "Too Big Too Fail," we're yet to see the first great contemporary movie about the country, and world's, economic woes, and unfortunately Costa-Gavras' Le Capital doesn't remedy that situation.
  14. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 23, 2013
    The imagery is cliché, and therefore ineffective; the characters don’t seem to operate in the world of finance, but in the world of financial thrillers.
  15. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 22, 2013
    Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It’s just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
  16. Reviewed by: Jon Frosch
    Oct 15, 2013
    A tacky corporate noir that makes you long for the leanness of Margin Call, or even the clumsy theatrics of Arbitrage.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 31, 2013
    Capital is too cynical to ever really suggest that redemption is possible. Not that anyone watching will even care.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 24, 2013
    Its indictment of capitalism is so shrill and one-note that it may just as easily set off fits of giggling, because its characters are so ridiculously evil.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    A young exec (Gad Elmaleh) is named CEO of a large French bank and must navigate an array of adversaries, including an American hedge fundA young exec (Gad Elmaleh) is named CEO of a large French bank and must navigate an array of adversaries, including an American hedge fund headed by Gabriel Byrne. Most of the scenes feature old white men plotting and threatening each other, with an unnecessary side trip to a frustrated erotic attraction. While director Costa-Gavras (best known for "Missing" & "Z") manages to maintain a modicum of interest, this indictment of capitalism lacks much that will anyone doesn't live in that world will care about. French with subtitles. Full Review »