The Informers

Critics Consensus

As miserable and insipid as its protagonists, The Informers fails to provide anything to think about after the sheen of fake blond is gone.



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A collection of Bret Easton Ellis' short stories are adapted for the screen by Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and helmed by Gregor Jordan in The Informers, a Senator Entertainment ensemble film featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, and Winona Ryder. The film observes the goings-on during a week in Los Angeles in 1983, with many intersecting characters including a kidnapper, movie executives, rock stars, and other freewheeling, morally loose individuals. Austin Nichols, Jon Foster, and Amber Heard co-star.

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All Critics (105) | Top Critics (35)

  • 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.

    Sep 1, 2009

    Rob Nelson

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Directed by Gregor Jordan, Ellis's aimlessly dissolute collection of stories just doesn't hang together as a coherent whole.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • There is a weird, almost comic absence of insight and perspective here. But it is a joke without humour and without a punchline.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Informers

  • May 20, 2016
    Criminally underrated.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    It's easy not to care about these 80's self-absorbed, self-destructive characters. That makes this movie hard-to-see. Maybe Bret Easton Ellis die-hards will appreciate this dead-end tale.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2011
    "The Informers" is not so much a movie as it is a series of uneventful (and unconnected) scenes in which a bunch of unlikeable characters do drugs and have sex. What fun! If I must call it a film, it's the most shallow, dull and annoying one I've seen in ages. I can't beleive that so much acting talent is present in such trash. Avoid this like the plague.
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    Give it up to Hollywood. They know how to jam a film full of stars and adapt a screenplay from a well-known writer's novel and still pretty much lose track of what they are depicting. In a "Crash"-like story structure (for lack of a better description), "The Informers" is about sex, drugs, disease, and the lives of the rich. Don't expect to get anything out of this film besides seeing Amber Heard nude most of the film. Mickey Rourke's appearance is short and sweet, but still hardly worth the trouble.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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