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The Informers Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 27, 2009
This just felt like a bunch of people in 1980s L.A. with blonde streaks in their hair listening to Wang Chung.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 27, 2009
Gorgeous people and some well written dialogue aren't enough to make this a movie you should see.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2009
It's by far the most slack, ho-hum movie ever made from Ellis' material.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 24, 2009
The Informers is a movie so seamy it makes you want to take a bath afterward. Rarely has so much sin seemed so boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2009
This one's a certifiable soul-sucker, dining out on its characters' venalities while wagging a finger at the horror, the horror.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 24, 2009
Gregor Jordan's pointless adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis book is successful only in the sense that it accurately mimics the emptiness of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2009
Repulsive 80s flashback.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 24, 2009
The film is as flat as the Hollywood sign, with beautiful young people, all blonde, mostly naked, trying desperately to get up the energy to order something else from room service.
| Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 24, 2009
The performances run the gamut from twitchy to catatonic, and the stoned stiffness of the actors seems to have less to do with the affectlessness of the characters than with their own confusion.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 24, 2009
The Informers is such a wretched piece of garbage that there's a certain amount of guilt attached to even writing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 24, 2009
Ellis's big notions are less insightful than they pretend to be.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 23, 2009
Do some blow. Curse humanity. Convert to nilhilism. Reread American Psycho. But don't for the love of God and cinema see The Informers.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2009
It's a movie with Altmanesque pretensions, but under Gregor Jordan's flat-line direction amounts to flipping through an out-of-date fashion magazine, one that barely spurs the energy to point and laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 23, 2009
TMZ with phony gravitas. Ellis' stories had more oomph before drug-crazed screwups like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Amy Winehouse became the center of the Internet news cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 23, 2009
Ellis' book, though a grim read, had a satirical edge to it that made it darkly enjoyable; the movie is simply dark and dull. And vampireless, more's the pity.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 23, 2009
The piece had better have something fresh to say. The Informers doesn't, nor does it seem to want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 23, 2009
A nihilistic, narcissistic, knuckleheaded move about nihilistic, narcissistic knuckleheads, The Informers might have been an interesting exercise in satire, if it only had a sense of humor. Which it doesn't.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 23, 2009
The dialogue is laughable. Lines are spoken so languidly that the actors seem bored. Shattering revelations are delivered in the same monotone as casual patter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 23, 2009
The Informers should be more aware of its own unsavoryness, and revel in it a little. As it is, the movie is far too weighty, as though it were honestly trying to convey some kind of cautionary message.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 23, 2009
Perhaps the film's biggest mistake is that after more than an hour of proving how pointless and vapid these characters are, it leaves us with a parting shot indicating we should care about what happens to them. We don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 23, 2009
An outbreak of '80s nostalgia is the best explanation for The Informers, a worse movie based on a worse Bret Easton Ellis book.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2009
If The Informers doesn't sound to you like a pleasant time at the movies, you are right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 22, 2009
The Informers is the kind of movie that, upon leaving the theater, provokes the urge to take a shower.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2009
Occasionally, some fool gets the idea that his literary wretched excess would make for a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 22, 2009
There's plenty of incident, but not much plot. As befits a tale of absolute self-absorption and unconscious revelation, The Informers often seems to be telling on itself.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 22, 2009
A rancid load of swill called The Informers, from a depraved 1994 book by Bret Easton Ellis, is, like The Soloist, a look at the underbelly of L.A., but the resemblance ends there.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 23, 2009
People sometimes had ordinary, reasonably polite conversations, even in the '80s. Not absolutely all the talking was affectless mumbling, angry recriminations, drug deals or TV news about Ronald Reagan.