The Informant! Reviews

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January 24, 2020
Soderbergh's easy, breezy dismissive style gives the distinct impression that we are all being conned.
October 11, 2019
As the puzzle unravels, the sickening feeling we've seen this somewhere before becomes more and more overwhelming.
December 6, 2009
...nothing less than a colossal misfire...
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.
December 2, 2009
It's like being told lies for an hour and a half. And I'm just not into that.
November 27, 2009
It's certainly a novel approach, but it stops the story engaging us either as an espionage thriller or as a comic caper.
November 20, 2009
Soderbergh has commissioned a relentlessly jazzy, wacky musical score from Hollywood veteran Marvin Hamlisch just so that we realise it's all supposed to be funny.
November 20, 2009
The Informant! is far from negligible, but it's undoubtedly second-tier Soderbergh.
November 20, 2009
You go in expecting a jaunty caper. What you get, disconcertingly, is a bleak, rather sad study of an unraveling mind.
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.
November 20, 2009
The problem with The Informant!, aside from that overcoaxing exclamation mark, is that it's not especially funny.
November 20, 2009
After 1 1/2 hours of ker-azee chuckles, you get one big clunker of a climax tossed in your lap.
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.
October 17, 2009
A movie finding "edgy" comedy about a man suffering from bipolar disorder? What's next? A dark comedy about cancer of the pancreas?
October 11, 2009
Matt Damon is delightfully goofy as an agri-business whistleblower, but the mostly true story lacks the drama or wit to keep us more than just amused.
October 9, 2009
While The Informant! has a lot going for it stylistically, the entertainment value is sorely lacking.
September 26, 2009
Matt Damon gives it all he's got but the movie still isn't the entertainment event you wish it could be.
September 24, 2009
Teeters precariously between being a great movie and an awful one.
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.
September 23, 2009
There's no humanity to relate to, no wit to laugh at, only chuckling at one's own sense of superiority -- if you can afford it.
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