Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 5, 2010
I wonder how Gibney operated the camera while on his back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
March 3, 2011
As corporate exposes go, it's best to stick with Inside Job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 3, 2010
The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 4, 2011
Client 9 probably won't make you like Elliot Spitzer, but it will damn sure make you respect him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 17, 2011
Client-9 ... is a fascinating, if occasionally fawning, character study of the man who would be king.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 21, 2011
As a lens into the microcosm of politics, it's as depressing as it is enlightening, demonstrating how truly we have become a country by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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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...
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2010
Relying on a bevy of circumstantial evidence and without proving much in the way of anything, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer nonetheless homes in on a provocative and highly plausible thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 10, 2010
Client 9 is a compelling, well-researched documentary that reaches below the surface of what we thought we knew about Eliot Spitzer.
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.
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
March 3, 2011
A sharp and very American probe into payback that puts forward a strong, if not entirely watertight, case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Bradshaw
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
This is a smart, well-built documentary that does greatly deepen the account of Spitzer's fall from grace, as advertised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2010
An utterly fascinating look at many things you didn't know about the Eliot Spitzer scandal.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 11, 2010
The movie is perfectly paced, clocking in a few minutes short of two hours, and holds your interest with its captivating subject matter. The musical selections and the aerial shots of Times Square add to the entertainment value of this slick production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
January 16, 2011
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