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The Informers Reviews

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Top Critic
Rob Nelson
Variety
September 1, 2009
Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, The Informers is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel--and an accurate look at early '80s-era Los Angeles.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 17, 2009
We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.
| Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 17, 2009
Jordan gives all this an entirely appropriate sheen and the cast play well through glazed eyes. The film will fascinate those who love to see the tormented lives of those who seem luckier than the rest of us.
| Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 15, 2009
A chilling, brutal film that is a lot more than the sum of its one dimensional parts would suggest.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 24, 2009
If you don't require anything more profound... in your movies, then The Informers may well be a satisfying experience.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 24, 2009
Aesthetically pretty, subjectively ugly, and emotionally incisive, the picture celebrates the passing of a not-so-innocent era and mourns the victims left in its wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
April 24, 2009
It's actually pretty funny if you don't feel the need to care for or sympathize with anybody onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2009
Has an air of detachment and sadness, enhanced by the movie's being set a full quarter century ago. Like new cars in an old movie, these people may glow with youth, but we watch them in full awareness of the beaters and wrecks they'll become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
April 24, 2009
An awful film about an awful time.
| Original Score: 1/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 23, 2009
Ellis, director Gregor Jordan and a cast that's hollow but only occasionally empty, manage to anticipate excess' hangover, a headache we've become intimately familiar with -- all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 23, 2009
In the buff naughty boobs 'n buns bad parenting sex and drug addiction romp. And a weird cry for help cinema probing wasted LA youth without adult supervision in sight. Though with sly hints on where all those hallucinatory Hollywood plots arise.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
April 23, 2009
Excels in the mysterious tension found when someone who doesn't care talks to someone who does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
April 17, 2009
Gregor Jordan and Bret Easton Ellis take no prisoners in this uncompromising, expertly crafted shocker about hedonism in early-'80s L.A.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 18, 2011
Heaven protect us from any more Bret Easton Ellis versions of Tales of the Empty Lives of Los Angeles.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 5, 2011
Brad Renfro in his last movie role, playing a wannabe film actor who sprays out filthy perspiration like a collie emerging from a sewer. It's possible this role killed Renfro.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Imagine American Psycho with less violence but more nudity, transplanted from New York to California and stripped of all self-awareness. That's The Informers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 23, 2009
...a ninety-eight-minute snooze-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
August 10, 2009
bleak, boring and bloated.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
July 24, 2009
It has a good cast and a terrific 1980s soundtrack (Devo, Simple Minds), but it also has the superficiality of a TV soap. The Informers is not so bad that you can't sit back and enjoy it, but nor is it good enough to go and see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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