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The Informers (2009)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 91

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


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 29

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



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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


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Bret Easton Ellis, Nicholas Jarecki

Aug 25, 2009

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (91) | DVD (5)

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.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This just felt like a bunch of people in 1980s L.A. with blonde streaks in their hair listening to Wang Chung.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Gorgeous people and some well written dialogue aren't enough to make this a movie you should see.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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It's by far the most slack, ho-hum movie ever made from Ellis' material.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The Informers is a movie so seamy it makes you want to take a bath afterward. Rarely has so much sin seemed so boring.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Heaven protect us from any more Bret Easton Ellis versions of Tales of the Empty Lives of Los Angeles.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

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

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

bleak, boring and bloated.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

It has a good cast and a terrific 1980s soundtrack (Devo, Simple Minds), but it also has the superficiality of a TV soap. The Informers is not so bad that you can't sit back and enjoy it, but nor is it good enough to go and see.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

In structure and location the film resembles Robert Altman's Short Cuts, though it's much inferior and far less interesting.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While it's an occasionally unsettling piece - and comes with a big-name cast - the story never goes anywhere.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A lurid, soapy, moralistic melodrama so mucky you'll need a shower.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Directed by Gregor Jordan, Ellis's aimlessly dissolute collection of stories just doesn't hang together as a coherent whole.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

There is a weird, almost comic absence of insight and perspective here. But it is a joke without humour and without a punchline.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

This self-penned adaptation of his 1994 short story collection - a period piece set in 1983 Los Angeles - has supposedly been cut to ribbons, and it shows.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Jordan gives all this an entirely appropriate sheen and the cast play well through glazed eyes. The film will fascinate those who love to see the tormented lives of those who seem luckier than the rest of us.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Failing to work on so many levels, The Informers operates as a time capsule of 1983 and a time when substance was negated in favour of style. Sadly, this movie is severely lacking in both of those departments.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

For diehard Ellis completists only.

July 17, 2009
Heat Magazine

It's an empty shell entertaining a nasty streak of misogyny, a single note ensemble piece that's very much less than zero.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

This film is bad - really, really bad.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A star-studded mess.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for The Informers

In showing us the emptiness of wealth without importance, the sickness of Californian rich-kid nihilism and 1980's abundance in general, the film succeeds. Unfortunately, and as good as the book might be, no one really wants to watch that kind of thing for 98 long minutes. Making a film about people we are not supposed to like is tricky business, both Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring failed in this a couple of years after The Informers, both were technically good films but without warmth from the audience both were badly received. So is it a bad film if it is actually achieving what it sets out to do? Well yes, because no matter what the film is about, if it doesn't hold the attention of the audience then it is a failure and that is the big problem with The Informers. That'll teach us for not reading the book first I guess!
April 30, 2014

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"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.
January 17, 2011

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.
December 7, 2010

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!
October 23, 2010

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