The Informant! (2009)

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Critic Consensus: A charismatic turn by star Matt Damon and a consistently ironic tone boost this quietly funny satire about a corporate whistle-blower.

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A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrative promotion and becoming a hero of the common people, inadvertently revealing his penchant for helping himself to the corporate coffers and ultimately threatening to derail the very investigation he helped to launch in this offbeat comedy from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
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Cast

Matt Damon
as Mark Whitacre
Scott Bakula
as FBI Special Gent Brian Shepard
Joel McHale
as FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon
Melanie Lynskey
as Ginger Whitacre
Thomas F. Wilson
as Mark Cheviron
Tony Hale
as James Epstein
Scott Adsit
as Sid Hulse
Lucas Carroll
as Alexander Whitacre
Eddie Jemison
as Kirk Schmidt
Rusty Schwimmer
as Liz Taylor
Tom Papa
as Mick Andreas
Rick Overton
as Terry Wilson
Ann Dowd
as FBI Special Agent Kate Medford
Allan Havey
as FBI Special Agent Dean Paisley
Howie Johnson
as Rusty Williams
Andrew Daly
as Marty Allison
Hans Tester
as Peter Dryer
Ludger Pistor
as Reinhard Richter
Rome Kanda
as Hirokazu Ikeda
Yoshio Be
as Kazutoshi Yamada
Raymond Ma
as Kanji Mimoto
Hervé Deschamps
as Philippe Rollier
Pascal Ifri
as Alain Crouy
Ann Cusack
as Robin Mann
Dann Seki
as Joon Mo Suh
Jayden Lund
as James Mutchnik
William Marsh
as FBI Special Agent Ken Temples
Tom Smothers
as Dwayne Andreas
Clancy Brown
as Aubrey Daniel
Bob Zany
as John Dowd
Richard S. Horvitz
as Bob Zaiderman
Patton Oswalt
as Ed Herbst
Brian Gallivan
as Ron Henkoff
Daniel Hagen
as Scott Roberts
Joe Chrest
as Visiting Client
Samantha Albert
as Mary Spearing
Jimmy Brogan
as Dr. Derek Miller
Paul F. Tompkins
as FBI Special Agent Anthony D'Angelo
Adam Paul
as FBI Special Agent Michael Bassett
Wayne Pére
as Sheldon Zenner
Joshua Funk
as FBI Special Agent Robert Grant
Candy Clark
as Mark Whitacre's Mother
Frank Welker
as Mark Whitacre's Father
Larry Clarke
as Whitacre's Second Attorney
Steve Seagren
as Correctional Officer
Dick Smothers
as Judge Harold Baker
Chic Daniel
as FBI Agent at Raid
Tom Wilson
as Mark Cheviron
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Critic Reviews for The Informant!

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (42)

In the end, it seems as though it's better to aim for searing moments and whiff on greatness than to shoot for the middle and hit it.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

It may come across like a self-satisfied madcap bauble, but that titular exclamation mark is the key that unlocks the myriad subtextual delights of Soderbergh's timely latest.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Soderbergh is a good listener, too, always alert to the myriad ways his characters reveal, conceal and finally betray themselves in thought, word and deed.

September 19, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Slate
Top Critic

Soderbergh has transformed this into a treatise on the incompetence of everyone involved: the informant, the corporation upon which he informs, the lawyers, and the FBI. Strangely enough, it's completely believable.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Informant!

Matt Damon is so confident and charismatic as a compulsive liar who becomes an unusual corporate whistleblower for the FBI, and even if the narrative is not as compelling as it could be, this is a nice film that manages to be interesting in all its oddness.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães
½

review coming.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Matt Damon becomes the American other Americans think of if asked "what is an American?" in this pointed farce that targets the difference between what Americans are versus who we think we are. The barbs are fast and furious, probably requiring a second viewing, and'll leave you wondering: "when did I know this likable charmer was lying" and "do I realise when I am?" All in all an entertaining package.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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