The Informers (2009)


Critic 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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Critic Reviews for The Informers

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (31)

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
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We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

This just felt like a bunch of people in 1980s L.A. with blonde streaks in their hair listening to Wang Chung.

Apr 27, 2009

Gorgeous people and some well written dialogue aren't enough to make this a movie you should see.

Apr 27, 2009 | Full Review…

It's by far the most slack, ho-hum movie ever made from Ellis' material.

Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

The Informers is a movie so seamy it makes you want to take a bath afterward. Rarely has so much sin seemed so boring.

Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

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Criminally underrated.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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Great performances in a desolate story by Bret Easton Ellis about moral decay amidst society glamour in the Los Angeles of 1983, showing rich people living of sex, drugs, power, wealth and fame, and the misery of their lives.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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"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
Michael S

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Interesting. Took a while to get into, and is a little confusing as there are so many characters in it, but works pretty well for a movie made up of a lot of little stories which sort of overlap. The theme is pretty much excess, and the 80's setting works well. There is a lot of sex and nudity, so don't watch if you are offended by these things - having said that, it is based on a Brett Easton Ellis book, (which I have not read), but you would kind of figure it would have sex, violence or both it, just based on that! Good cast including Winona Ryder, (although that girl needs to eat a few sandwiches, I was shocked by how gaunt she looks) and Kim Basinger. Some characters are more likeable than others and, yes, the ending is abrupt,as some have commented, but I think it says it all. I liked it, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to all.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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