The Informers (2009)



Critic Consensus: As miserable and insipid as its protagonists, The Informers fails to provide anything to think about after the sheen of fake blond is gone.

Movie Info

A collection of Bret Easton Ellis' short stories are adapted for the screen by Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and helmed by Gregor Jordan in The Informers, a Senator Entertainment ensemble film featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, and Winona Ryder. The film observes the goings-on during a week in Los Angeles in 1983, with many intersecting characters including a kidnapper, movie executives, rock stars, and other freewheeling, morally loose individuals. Austin Nichols, Jon Foster, and Amber … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bret Easton Ellis, Nicholas Jarecki
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
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Critic Reviews for The Informers

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (32)

Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, The Informers is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel--and an accurate look at early '80s-era Los Angeles.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Heaven protect us from any more Bret Easton Ellis versions of Tales of the Empty Lives of Los Angeles.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
East Bay Express

Brad Renfro in his last movie role, playing a wannabe film actor who sprays out filthy perspiration like a collie emerging from a sewer. It's possible this role killed Renfro.

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Imagine American Psycho with less violence but more nudity, transplanted from New York to California and stripped of all self-awareness. That's The Informers.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

...a ninety-eight-minute snooze-fest.

Full Review… | August 23, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Informers

"The Informers" is not so much a movie as it is a series of uneventful (and unconnected) scenes in which a bunch of unlikeable characters do drugs and have sex. What fun! If I must call it a film, it's the most shallow, dull and annoying one I've seen in ages. I can't beleive that so much acting talent is present in such trash.

Avoid this like the plague.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Interesting. Took a while to get into, and is a little confusing as there are so many characters in it, but works pretty well for a movie made up of a lot of little stories which sort of overlap. The theme is pretty much excess, and the 80's setting works well. There is a lot of sex and nudity, so don't watch if you are offended by these things - having said that, it is based on a Brett Easton Ellis book, (which I have not read), but you would kind of figure it would have sex, violence or both it, just based on that!
Good cast including Winona Ryder, (although that girl needs to eat a few sandwiches, I was shocked by how gaunt she looks) and Kim Basinger. Some characters are more likeable than others and, yes, the ending is abrupt,as some have commented, but I think it says it all. I liked it, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to all.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A strange film, that seems totally random at times. It has a bit of an insight to the lives of a range of people in early 80's LA. From the spoilt rich kids, drugged up pop star, shady ex-con and a news reporter. The stories are very loosely interwoven. This is far from being anything like Crash though! There doesn't seem to be much of a plot to it at all or any conclusion. Just a brief look at their lives full of sex, drugs and 80's pop. If it wasn't for Amber Heard looking very sexy in this it would be even more boring, a shame given the very strong cast list!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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