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  • Summary: When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule, erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 25, 2013
    85
    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: Joe Leydon
    Oct 4, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Oct 4, 2013
    70
    A film that lingers in the memory in spite of being rather irritating to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 21, 2013
    60
    While the film is persuasive and detailed in its depiction of financial corruption, it’s also essentially a two-hour lecture, dry and academic.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2013
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 23, 2013
    42
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 24, 2013
    30
    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.

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 4, 2013
    6
    A 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. Expand

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