Ruby Washington
Owen Gleiberman
August 26, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chasing Madoff

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
91 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/26/11
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

Jeff Prosserman’s riveting doc takes a question that haunted the Bernie Madoff scandal — how did he fool everyone for so long? — and answers it with a decisive ”He didn’t.” Borrowing the first-person flavor of Errol Morris, Prosserman builds his film around Harry Markopolos, the independent investigator who took all of five minutes (in 1999!) to figure out that Madoff was a fraud. But Madoff had so much power on Wall Street that no one (in media or the SEC) wanted to follow up. B+

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