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The Informant! Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 16, 2009
If only The Informant! was as giddy as its exclamation-point title, as jaunty as its corporate Muzak soundtrack -- or even as funny as its TV commercials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2009
Marvin Hamlisch's goofy score all but bruises your ribs by jabbing you with "isn't this hilarious?" wackiness, but ultimately the cast plays it so straight that to respond with laughter almost feels like chuckling at a funeral.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 18, 2009
Mr. Damon plays it admirably straight, for the most part, thereby serving as a counterweight to the clamorous self-delight that surrounds him. Unfortunately, that's not enough to save the production...
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
November 9, 2009
The exclamation point in the title combined with the burnt orange color scheme and silly haircuts and facial hair tells you all you need to know about Soderbergh's approach.
Leo Robson
Financial Times
November 20, 2009
Scott Z Burns's script hinges entirely on incidents that take place off-screen. The film will only work if audiences fail to notice this. But they won't, so it won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
September 24, 2009
Teeters precariously between being a great movie and an awful one.
| Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 23, 2009
Instead of a nail-biter like The Insider or the pathetic tale of a corporate hit-and-run victim, such as Flash of Genius, Mark's big-business shenanigans simply peter out anticlimactically over the course of six or seven years, and that's that.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 17, 2009
The Informant! is Soderbergh in larky mode, which in its sterility has recently become virtually indistinguishable from his cerebral mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
September 17, 2009
Matt Damon's amusing performance in this wild true story of an unstable corporate whistleblower is compromised by Steven Soderbergh's heavy-handed direction.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
September 21, 2009
There's something disturbing about a film that beats its own drum about how funny it is. In reality, we're suckers on the wrong side of the punch, victims of a different kind of double take: our money and our health.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2009
A comedy about corporate fraud, malfeasance and a mental disorder that never quite succeeds as a comedy.
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
December 3, 2009
Director Steven Soderbergh is desperate to make us laugh, but can only make Matt Damon podgy and bland in this underwhelming and unfunny tale of deception and whistleblowers in the food industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
September 17, 2009
Soderbergh rigidly adheres to the idea of infusing the movie with heaps of pizazz, even as the material demands a vastly different, more soulful approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 17, 2009
Initially amusing and occasionally funny, but too often uneven and pretentiously absurd with an increasingly grating performance by Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
November 20, 2009
After 1 1/2 hours of ker-azee chuckles, you get one big clunker of a climax tossed in your lap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 18, 2009
Whitacre's mounting lies do become increasingly outrageous, but in straining to spin the events into quirky comedy, the film jabs at your funny bone instead of actually tickling it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 20, 2009
Matt Damon seems an ill-match for his role as the mentally-unstable title character, a tragic-comic figure deserving of more complicated treatment than as an addlepated fuddy-duddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 2, 2009
It's like being told lies for an hour and a half. And I'm just not into that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 17, 2009
He's never been one to indulge, but there once was a time when Soderbergh was able to please. Sadly, The Informant! never earns its exclamation point. It's more of an ellipses motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 20, 2009
Damon's too-tame-to-tantalize narrative voiceover throughout is monotonous, in an absurdist scam-within-a scam eavesdropper noir that needed more dramatic clout. And less lighthearted humor and a darker thrust, in keeping with this twisted subject matter.
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