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The Informant! (2009)



Critic Consensus: A charismatic turn by star Matt Damon and a consistently ironic tone boost this quietly funny satire about a corporate whistle-blower.

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A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrative promotion and becoming a hero of the common people, inadvertently revealing his penchant for helping himself to the corporate coffers and ultimately threatening to derail the very investigation he helped to launch in this offbeat comedy from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Box Office: $33.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Matt Damon
as Mark Whitacre
Scott Bakula
as FBI Special Gent Bri...
Joel McHale
as FBI Special Agent Bo...
Melanie Lynskey
as Ginger Whitacre
Thomas F. Wilson
as Mark Cheviron
Tony Hale
as James Epstein
Scott Adsit
as Sid Hulse
Lucas Carroll
as Alexander Whitacre
Eddie Jemison
as Kirk Schmidt
Rusty Schwimmer
as Liz Taylor
Tom Papa
as Mick Andreas
Rick Overton
as Terry Wilson
Ann Dowd
as FBI Special Agent Ka...
Allan Havey
as FBI Special Agent De...
Howie Johnson
as Rusty Williams
Andrew Daly
as Marty Allison
Hans Tester
as Peter Dryer
Ludger Pistor
as Reinhard Richter
Rome Kanda
as Hirokazu Ikeda
Yoshio Be
as Kazutoshi Yamada
Raymond Ma
as Kanji Mimoto
Hervé Deschamps
as Philippe Rollier
Pascal Ifri
as Alain Crouy
Ann Cusack
as Robin Mann
Dann Seki
as Joon Mo Suh
Jayden Lund
as James Mutchnik
William Marsh
as FBI Special Agent Ke...
Tom Smothers
as Dwayne Andreas
Clancy Brown
as Aubrey Daniel
Bob Zany
as John Dowd
Richard S. Horvitz
as Bob Zaiderman
Patton Oswalt
as Ed Herbst
Brian Gallivan
as Ron Henkoff
Joe Chrest
as Visiting Client
Daniel Hagen
as Scott Roberts
Samantha Albert
as Mary Spearing
Jimmy Brogan
as Dr. Derek Miller
Paul F. Tompkins
as FBI Special Agent An...
Adam Paul
as FBI Special Agent Mi...
Wayne Pére
as Sheldon Zenner
Joshua Funk
as FBI Special Agent Ro...
Candy Clark
as Mark Whitacre's Moth...
Frank Welker
as Mark Whitacre's Fath...
Larry Clarke
as Whitacre's Second At...
Steve Seagren
as Correctional Officer
Dick Smothers
as Judge Harold Baker
Chic Daniel
as FBI Agent at Raid
Tom Wilson
as Mark Cheviron
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Critic Reviews for The Informant!

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (42)

In the end, it seems as though it's better to aim for searing moments and whiff on greatness than to shoot for the middle and hit it.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

The Informant! is an inspired social satire, a near-perfect single-carat diamond in an age of mindless movie bling. It's a small movie, but not in any sense minor.

Full Review… | June 1, 2015

As the story becomes more about the various undercover ops and the contradictory workings of Whitacre's hateful-lovable mind, The Informant! has an undeniable crackle.

Full Review… | June 1, 2015
Stop Smiling

After a parodic run-up, the film betrays a certain respect for this odd little creation.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Soderbergh's projects anymore are odd little thought puzzles he gives himself, puzzles he knows can't be solved but can't help trying, regardless.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Drills away into the dark humor of a white-collar tattletale, his ever-widening web of deceit and a scrambled criminal mind with a couple of screws loose.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Informant!

Matt Damon is so confident and charismatic as a compulsive liar who becomes an unusual corporate whistleblower for the FBI, and even if the narrative is not as compelling as it could be, this is a nice film that manages to be interesting in all its oddness.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


review coming.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Matt Damon becomes the American other Americans think of if asked "what is an American?" in this pointed farce that targets the difference between what Americans are versus who we think we are. The barbs are fast and furious, probably requiring a second viewing, and'll leave you wondering: "when did I know this likable charmer was lying" and "do I realise when I am?" All in all an entertaining package.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Informant! Quotes

Mark Whitacre: Is it Porsche or Porsche'?
– Submitted by Mark O (4 years ago)
Terry Wilson: Well, there you have it, from Mark Whitacre, Ph.D. You know what the Ph.D. stands for, don't you? Piled higher and deeper.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Mark Whitacre: Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage of you call you to get you to drop your guard!
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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