The Informant! Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2009
...nothing less than a colossal misfire...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
December 3, 2009
The Informant!'s capacity to acknowledge both the malign and the good natured sides of this tragic individual makes it an absorbing tale.
Giles Hardie
Unknown2
December 3, 2009
Somewhere between the true story it is based on, and the gimmicks and gags brought to the tale by Damon and Sodeburgh The Informant! somehow falls between the cracks to result in only an ok movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
December 3, 2009
Director Steven Soderbergh is desperate to make us laugh, but can only make Matt Damon podgy and bland in this underwhelming and unfunny tale of deception and whistleblowers in the food industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 2, 2009
It's like being told lies for an hour and a half. And I'm just not into that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 2, 2009
A very smooth, very dry and hugely enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
December 2, 2009
You never know where you stand with Steven Soderbergh, but you cannot accuse him of resting on his laurels -- or making the same film twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben McEachen
Sunday Mail (Australia)
December 2, 2009
Damon transforms better than many of his A-list peers, and his Mark makeover is the reason to see The Informant!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Nesselson
sbs.com.au
December 2, 2009
A very entertaining and densely layered comedy for grown-ups with attention spans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)
December 1, 2009
Hilarious and intriguing -- Matt Damon's convincing performance reveals the many layers of this true story.
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 29, 2009
I was laughing readily at the very oddity of this presentation and the comedy in general, and it also helps quite a bit that Damon does a fantastic job playing this strange character.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
It isn't until the third act that we really get to grips with the whole scenario enough to ride it like a theme park adventure
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 28, 2009
The adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald's book is as smooth as silk in Steven Soderbergh's hands while Matt Damon is a revelation as the self-professed 'good guy' who spills the beans
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 27, 2009
Matt Damon gives the best performance of his career so far.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 27, 2009
A loopy comedy-drama every bit as mercurial as its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
November 27, 2009
It's certainly a novel approach, but it stops the story engaging us either as an espionage thriller or as a comic caper.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
November 20, 2009
It sets out to be less pompous than similar films, which inevitably means it feels less substantial. While amusing rather than hilarious, it ought to establish Matt Damon as a star character actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
November 20, 2009
It may come across like a self-satisfied madcap bauble, but that titular exclamation mark is the key that unlocks the myriad subtextual delights of Soderbergh's timely latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2009
Powered by a convincing Matt Damon, The Informant! is a quick-on-its feet comedy that never outstays its welcome. If it has a problem, it's that it's neither funny enough nor emotionally resonant to make a truly lasting impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
November 20, 2009
Director Stephen Soderbergh and its star Matt Damon have crafted a skittish caper movie, a pyrotechnical display of colourful lies that unravel to a giddy retro score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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