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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Reviews

November 1, 2007
Audiences jeered and shouted at the screen in outrage. It has that kind of impact, without resorting to any of Michael Moore's below-the-belt tactics.
June 25, 2005
Alex Gibney takes a notorious tale of corporate greed and plays it as Greek tragedy, Texas-style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 10, 2005
Deft, entertaining and infuriating documentary about one of the most egregious cases of corporate corruption in American history.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2005
A meticulously researched and ably handled chronicle of one of the largest corporate scandals in American history.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2005
This thorough and thoroughly depressing account of the biggest corporate bankruptcy in history, and the rip-off that accompanied it, is so infuriating and dispiriting that your blood will boil, if not properly watered down.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 5, 2005
It's not an indictment, so much. It's more like a mirror.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2005
Doesn't require an interest in business affairs to be captivating. It unfolds like a Wall St. disaster movie with two eminently hissable villains presiding over the catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2005
Gibney's documentary is ultimately not about business and numbers but about morality; how a group of people, blinded by money, lost their souls.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2005
Go see it before you buy another stock you don't understand. Go see it before you bank your retirement on the company pension fund. Go see it before you vote in another election.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2005
Working in a slick, high-gloss style, director Alex Gibney presents the lurid Enron essentials in a film that will have you shaking your head in disbelief and dismay.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 29, 2005
There will be lots of seething at the sight of it all, but there are enough good laughs to make the experience more than worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2005
As compelling a refresher course as one could hope for.
April 29, 2005
Gibney has been able to get his hands on the right materials, and he assembles the right talking heads to string the story together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2005
Allow yourself the pleasure of being thoroughly entertained while being equally outraged by this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 28, 2005
It's a chilling, completely fascinating documentary that reveals the face of unregulated greed in a way that's every bit as terrifying as Lon Chaney's unmasking in The Phantom of the Opera. Maybe more so, because everything here is true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2005
Gibney's research is impressive, as is his ability to clarify a complex bit of shady business into something (semi) comprehensible to those who don't know a day trader from a daytripper.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 28, 2005
No matter what your politics, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room will make you mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2005
Go see Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and learn how to get righteously angry again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 28, 2005
[A] fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny documentary.
April 28, 2005
It's a story of jaw-dropping chutzpah, grim, mostly hindsight-based humor and more stomach-churning drama than you could find in 10 screenplays.
April 28, 2005
Americans love a good villain, and in Enron chairman Kenneth Lay, former CEO Jeffrey Skilling and CFO Andrew Fastow, the movie provides a perfect storm of scoundrels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2005
The movie does more than entertain and enlighten you. At the end, you also realize you've been watching a classic American tale, one that we can only hope will never be repeated -- though it well might be.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 22, 2005
The documentary cannot be called muckraking, as the muck has already been well-raked, but Gibney's recounting has a touch of playful sadism that I quite enjoyed.
April 22, 2005
[Gibney] tells a complex story well, explaining how one once-obscure company ended up committing 'the corporate crime of the century.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
A thoroughly fascinating -- and horrifying -- documentary about the giant corporate house of cards that came crashing down on the heads of all the little people while the big guys cashed out for mega-millions, smirking all the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 22, 2005
Alex Gibney's documentary based on the book is pretty much straight-ahead journalism
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
The story is fascinating, infuriating and even laugh-out-loud funny at times.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen.
April 21, 2005
Alex Gibney's riveting documentary is a rape story, with the public trust as the victim.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
This cinematic scrutiny of runaway corporate greed reveals the nightmarish rapaciousness of those who engineered the fraud.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
This sober, informative chronicle of the biggest business scandal of the decade is almost indecently entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2005
Amid the infoglut that surrounds us, Gibney's film feels too much like more noise.
April 21, 2005
Should be essential viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2005
The Smartest Guys in the Room lays bare, in funny and shocking video clips, the culture of arrogance at Enron.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 19, 2005
Less corporate noir than capitalist disaster film.
April 19, 2005
The picture it paints is scarier than anything offered by any of Hollywood's recycled gore-fests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2005
This is a brilliantly executed, brutally entertaining dissection of what one observer called the greatest corporate fraud in American history.
April 2, 2005
By turns amazing, amusing and appalling.