Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 29, 2010
Client 9 brilliantly situates Eliot Spitzer's bad behavior and questionable character in multiple broader contexts, all in flux by definition.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 24, 2010
A fascinating investigation of a sad and sorry personal and political scandal, and while it doesn't prove its allegations of conspiracy, it makes a persuasive circumstantial case.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
Client 9 is yet another chapter in the secret history of capitalist piracy in the US. It's a good yarn that points to the prospect of further good yarns.
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
November 19, 2010
Gibney doesn't have anything more than tantalizing clues and a huge amount of circumstantial evidence, but he doesn't need much more than that to indict Wall Street itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 19, 2010
As Gibney demonstrates in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, plenty of politicians remained in office amid similar revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 19, 2010
It's the coolness of Gibney's account of the possibly systematic sabotaging of Spitzer's career, perpetrated by a strangely camera-friendly cast of enemies-cum-conspirators, that makes it such transfixing viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
November 18, 2010
Like "Casino Jack," Gibney's newest concerns greed, corruption and the nature of powerful people.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 18, 2010
"Client 9" is made with skill and intelligence, but I kept wanting to hear another story; one that I hadn't heard before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 12, 2010
You want tears? You want convulsive sobs, weepy remorse, pleadings for forgiveness? Well, look elsewhere, because Eliot Spitzer isn't going to give them to you.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
November 12, 2010
He stretches the saga of Spitzer a bit too thin with a nearly two-hour running time that his story really can't support but this is still a mostly-fascinating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 12, 2010
It leaves the unmistakable impression that there's more to this iteration of a story that, animated by hubris, lust, self-deception and love of power, is sure to play out again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2010
A sad, disturbing and in some ways tragic tale that in its lurid combination of sex and politics, banal hypocrisy and bare-knuckles power, seems very much an American story of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 11, 2010
Say what you will about Eliot Spitzer, he's a marvelous subject for a documentary, and Alex Gibney has made a film worthy of him...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 11, 2010
The portrait of Spitzer that emerges throughout Client 9 is of a straight-talking, no-nonsense individual whose non-political way of getting things done crafted a lot of enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 11, 2010
Client 9 works like a good detective novel: Colorful and seemingly disparate characters are introduced, and then the strands that tie them together are revealed in a rich, sordid, thrilling tableau.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 11, 2010
It takes Gibney almost two hours to build his own argument regarding the airing of Spitzer's laundry, and, having watched it twice, that length is inexplicable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 11, 2010
Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
November 10, 2010
Spitzer was way ahead of the curve in going after the avaricious Wall Street megalomaniacs. That some would sit for interviews with Gibney shows how ignorant hubris can make a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
November 6, 2010
The case may be plausible, but Gibney's method -- a singularly unimaginative trawl through archival footage and listlessly edited talking heads -- is life-sapping to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
November 5, 2010
A powerhouse of a documentary from Oscar-winning writer-director Alex Gibney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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