Arbitrage is a character study from the world of corporate crime, fraud and happy facades, well written and skillfully directed by young first-timer Nicholas Jarecki. The film combines the tone of a thriller with the patience of a drama, as Jarecki slowly deconstructs the protagonist Robert Miller and the world around him, all the while with a healthy dosage of respect and understanding. This is a serious film with an impressive attention to detail, but it's still entertaining much the same way courtroom dramas or detective films are. And despite the cynical, unethical world Arbitrage is moving in, Jarecki is careful to maintain a certain degree of dignity. The only problem is that given the nature of this world and the lead character, we don't really have that much reason to invest a lot of emotion into this, despite Richard Gere's best efforts – and probably close to career best performance.