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Informant (2013)

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92

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life - before and after the death threats - through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby's version of events is accompanied - and often contradicted - by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality. As David Hanners of St. Paul Pioneer

PG,

Documentary, Special Interest

Jamie Meltzer

Nov 19, 2013

$9.8k

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (6)

This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ...

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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This infuriating and convoluted French potboiler tells you everything while showing and suggesting nothing.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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This tale of shady dealings in late-80s Gibraltar seems underpowered.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Though there are exciting sequences, the roles are underwritten, the dubbing's disastrous and the tension lessens even as the net tightens.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sadly underpowered by the standards of Dafri's previous scripts and unconvincingly plotted, this thriller goes down as a disappointing misfire.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

More of a frustrating experience than an enlightening one.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It suffers from a slow start, but blossoms into a rather fascinating piece of nonfiction psychological portraiture.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Jamie Meltzer's outstanding documentary Informant is either a study of one man's evolving political views, or of a man whose psychological issues have granted him the gift of self-justification.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

It creates a useful distance between Brandon Darby and his stories that allow for us to assess them individually, reinforcing the film's suggestion that the truth is elusive.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Fairly involving doc about a de-radicalized revolutionary turncoat.

September 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for Informant

With the documentary "Informant," let's start with what is known:

Brandon Darby once worked with a collective in post-Katrina New Orleans to provide basic services for the populace. Three years later, he goes undercover as an FBI informant to gather information on militant activists intent on disrupting the Republican Convention in Minneapolis. Needless to say, there are more than a few people who feel betrayed by this second part.

But rewind and forget all the politics for a second, even though it is cool to see another collective in action doing a lot of good for the community. Before that, Darby drives from Austin, Tx to rescue his friend King from the floodwaters, thus making him a hero. But it is this same heroic attitude that makes him an ill fit for the everyday tasks of the collective where the workers are required to get their hands dirty, not to mention the meetings which while containing no action are necessary for forming ideas and hearing from members. So, frustrated, Darby looks elsewhere to continue being a hero and for the adulation he feels he deserves, even continuing to be given another chance while playing himself in this documentary. And I almost feel a little sorry for him, until about the last fifteen minutes.
September 16, 2013
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