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The Informant! Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 20, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 19, 2009
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.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 19, 2009
Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 19, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2009
I liked the movie quite a bit, but by the end I felt as if I were at a live TV show with a blinking sign ordering me to LAUGH.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2009
It'd be a tragedy if it weren't so richly absurd, but it would also make for better comedy if the joke weren't on us. The Informant! laughs so long and hard that it forgets to check whether we're laughing along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 18, 2009
The Informant! has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the mazelike holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 18, 2009
Few directors other than Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino can make films with the same geek joy -- the same love of cinematic history -- as Steven Soderbergh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 18, 2009
A bait-and-switch film that promises caper comedy with silly hair and dated-fashion costumes, and ends up with something that's much weirder -- a marshmallow-light corporate satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2009
[Damon] occupies his equivocating antihero utterly, capturing the Walter Mittyish self-delusion, the desperate desire to please, and the bottomless conviction that, whatever his transgressions, he's still one of the good guys.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2009
It suggests that in a world gone mad, even the good guys can be a little cracked, and that, in an age of self-indulgence, it might be hard for a whistleblower to heed his own alarms.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 18, 2009
The exclamation point in the title is your first clue that Steven Soderbergh's intentions here are more than a little askew.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2009
Damon's voice and demeanor are just right, and the actor-who really is an actor, a good one-works out Whitacre's particularities like a character man stepping up to a leading role, rather than a movie star, slumming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 18, 2009
While the details are fresh, the story arc follows a standard pattern, a cautionary tale of spiraling bad-faith decisions. But Soderbergh and Burns compensate by playing the story for wry laughs and adding an almost distracting variety of texture.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 18, 2009
...a strange, strong, tragically funny comedy about all the lies we tell ourselves and others to make it through the wicked world and the working week.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 18, 2009
A smart, cynical movie about how we buy now -- oops, I mean, how we live now.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 18, 2009
Closer to a Coen Brothers farce than A Civil Action or North Country.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 18, 2009
The Informant! is more amusing than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but is never boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2009
Shooting fast and digital in just 30 days, Soderbergh invests the film with the breathless pace of a thriller and the gravity befitting a nation's soul sickness. Damon makes Whitacre recognizably human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 18, 2009
I enjoyed it, in a momentary-diversion sort of way, without really being sure it was worth doing.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 18, 2009
In adapting reporter Kurt Eichenwald's non-fiction account of Mark E. Whitacre, the corporate corn husker turned federal snitch, Soderbergh has given this incredible story exactly the amount of insanity it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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...
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 17, 2009
While this film fits squarely into Soderbergh's recurrent goal of ignoring audience interest when possible, that's the only area in which it can be considered a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2009
The film's casting is spot on. Damon is delightful playing someone who is a terrible actor. Wearing a ghastly muffin-shaped hairdo, an ill-advised mustache and 30 extra pounds around his waist, he's hardly recognizable as lethal Jason Bourne.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 17, 2009
Despite an appealing central performance from Matt Damon, disguised in a mustache and complicated swoop of hair, The Informant! feels like a jumble of ideas rather than a concerted whole.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 17, 2009
Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always consistent, but they are undeniably compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 17, 2009
The Informant! is too clever by half -- and yet, at the same time, not quite as smart as it thinks.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 17, 2009
A whimsical and light-hearted spin on a serious story of corporate whistleblowing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2009
As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the characters are laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 17, 2009
Soderbergh, despite three lighthearted Ocean's films, is not a natural comedic director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2009
[Damon] -- who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor -- is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 16, 2009
The Informant! is a hoot, an ever-escalating tale of corporate crime, greed and out-and-out craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 16, 2009
The Informant! is one of [Soderbergh's] ugliest works, photographed on the RED digital camera system in such a way that depth of field is meaninglessly flattened into backlit brown mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 15, 2009
The filmmakers have painted a 1990s story with a 1970s palette, and the tone clashes with the setting, like plaid on paisley.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 15, 2009
The Informant! says that people who do good or ill have complex motives for their actions, and that not everyone is knowable, instantly or ever.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 14, 2009
The Informant! is a return to form for Soderbergh, who couldn't seem to put anything resembling an emotional charge into his recent films...This time, Soderbergh is in full control, and his star is on fire.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 14, 2009
The Informant! does raise a fascinating question: How can humans so compartmentalize their psyches? But Whitacre has no stature -- he's just a nut.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 9, 2009
The pic showcases an excellent performance by a chubbed-out Matt Damon as a Midwestern executive who's so smart he's dumb.
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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.