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The Informant! Reviews

Laremy Legel
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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 Source: | Original Score: B-

May 6, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 2, 2009
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Soderbergh is a good listener, too, always alert to the myriad ways his characters reveal, conceal and finally betray themselves in thought, word and deed.

September 19, 2009
Dana Stevens
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Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 19, 2009
James Berardinelli
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Soderbergh has transformed this into a treatise on the incompetence of everyone involved: the informant, the corporation upon which he informs, the lawyers, and the FBI. Strangely enough, it's completely believable.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I liked the movie quite a bit, but by the end I felt as if I were at a live TV show with a blinking sign ordering me to LAUGH.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 19, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It'd be a tragedy if it weren't so richly absurd, but it would also make for better comedy if the joke weren't on us. The Informant! laughs so long and hard that it forgets to check whether we're laughing along.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The Informant! has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the mazelike holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Few directors other than Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino can make films with the same geek joy -- the same love of cinematic history -- as Steven Soderbergh.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A bait-and-switch film that promises caper comedy with silly hair and dated-fashion costumes, and ends up with something that's much weirder -- a marshmallow-light corporate satire.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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[Damon] occupies his equivocating antihero utterly, capturing the Walter Mittyish self-delusion, the desperate desire to please, and the bottomless conviction that, whatever his transgressions, he's still one of the good guys.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 18, 2009
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It suggests that in a world gone mad, even the good guys can be a little cracked, and that, in an age of self-indulgence, it might be hard for a whistleblower to heed his own alarms.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

September 18, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The exclamation point in the title is your first clue that Steven Soderbergh's intentions here are more than a little askew.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

September 18, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Damon's voice and demeanor are just right, and the actor-who really is an actor, a good one-works out Whitacre's particularities like a character man stepping up to a leading role, rather than a movie star, slumming.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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While the details are fresh, the story arc follows a standard pattern, a cautionary tale of spiraling bad-faith decisions. But Soderbergh and Burns compensate by playing the story for wry laughs and adding an almost distracting variety of texture.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

September 18, 2009
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...a strange, strong, tragically funny comedy about all the lies we tell ourselves and others to make it through the wicked world and the working week.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 18, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A smart, cynical movie about how we buy now -- oops, I mean, how we live now.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2009
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Closer to a Coen Brothers farce than A Civil Action or North Country.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

September 18, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The Informant! is more amusing than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but is never boring.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Shooting fast and digital in just 30 days, Soderbergh invests the film with the breathless pace of a thriller and the gravity befitting a nation's soul sickness. Damon makes Whitacre recognizably human.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
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I enjoyed it, in a momentary-diversion sort of way, without really being sure it was worth doing.

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September 18, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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In adapting reporter Kurt Eichenwald's non-fiction account of Mark E. Whitacre, the corporate corn husker turned federal snitch, Soderbergh has given this incredible story exactly the amount of insanity it deserves.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Damon plays it admirably straight, for the most part, thereby serving as a counterweight to the clamorous self-delight that surrounds him. Unfortunately, that's not enough to save the production...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 18, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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While this film fits squarely into Soderbergh's recurrent goal of ignoring audience interest when possible, that's the only area in which it can be considered a success.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film's casting is spot on. Damon is delightful playing someone who is a terrible actor. Wearing a ghastly muffin-shaped hairdo, an ill-advised mustache and 30 extra pounds around his waist, he's hardly recognizable as lethal Jason Bourne.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Despite an appealing central performance from Matt Damon, disguised in a mustache and complicated swoop of hair, The Informant! feels like a jumble of ideas rather than a concerted whole.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always consistent, but they are undeniably compelling.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The Informant! is too clever by half -- and yet, at the same time, not quite as smart as it thinks.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 17, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A whimsical and light-hearted spin on a serious story of corporate whistleblowing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the characters are laughing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

September 17, 2009
Rafer Guzman
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Soderbergh, despite three lighthearted Ocean's films, is not a natural comedic director.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[Damon] -- who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor -- is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 16, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If only The Informant! was as giddy as its exclamation-point title, as jaunty as its corporate Muzak soundtrack -- or even as funny as its TV commercials.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The Informant! is a hoot, an ever-escalating tale of corporate crime, greed and out-and-out craziness.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The Informant! is one of [Soderbergh's] ugliest works, photographed on the RED digital camera system in such a way that depth of field is meaninglessly flattened into backlit brown mush.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2009
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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The filmmakers have painted a 1990s story with a 1970s palette, and the tone clashes with the setting, like plaid on paisley.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 15, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The Informant! says that people who do good or ill have complex motives for their actions, and that not everyone is knowable, instantly or ever.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 15, 2009
David Denby
New Yorker
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The Informant! is a return to form for Soderbergh, who couldn't seem to put anything resembling an emotional charge into his recent films...This time, Soderbergh is in full control, and his star is on fire.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 14, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The Informant! does raise a fascinating question: How can humans so compartmentalize their psyches? But Whitacre has no stature -- he's just a nut.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 14, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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The pic showcases an excellent performance by a chubbed-out Matt Damon as a Midwestern executive who's so smart he's dumb.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 9, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A comedy about corporate fraud, malfeasance and a mental disorder that never quite succeeds as a comedy.

September 9, 2009
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