The reviewer completely misses the point. You aren't supposed to like these characters, just to feel what they went through in those tense hours at the beginning of the financial sh-t storm. And Margin Call nails it. The financiers who sold their souls to be on top, the junior bankers who lucked into the opportunity to whore a little for great money, the obscene payoffs for people to keep quiet and the very real risk that everything could come crashing down... It's all there and about as accurate as could be. What JC Chandon presents best of all is the how most of the "smart" ones get nothing for their foresight - they're canned like the rest - but one squeaks through. Recognized for his talent, he personifies the small element of meritocracy that really does exist. The question is, what kind of decisions will this fellow make in the years that come? Because we all know the cycle repeats.