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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews

November 19, 2010
Gibney doesn't have anything more than tantalizing clues and a huge amount of circumstantial evidence, but he doesn't need much more than that to indict Wall Street itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2010
As Gibney demonstrates in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, plenty of politicians remained in office amid similar revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 19, 2010
It's the coolness of Gibney's account of the possibly systematic sabotaging of Spitzer's career, perpetrated by a strangely camera-friendly cast of enemies-cum-conspirators, that makes it such transfixing viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2010
"Client 9" is made with skill and intelligence, but I kept wanting to hear another story; one that I hadn't heard before.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2010
You want tears? You want convulsive sobs, weepy remorse, pleadings for forgiveness? Well, look elsewhere, because Eliot Spitzer isn't going to give them to you.
November 12, 2010
It leaves the unmistakable impression that there's more to this iteration of a story that, animated by hubris, lust, self-deception and love of power, is sure to play out again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2010
A sad, disturbing and in some ways tragic tale that in its lurid combination of sex and politics, banal hypocrisy and bare-knuckles power, seems very much an American story of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2010
Say what you will about Eliot Spitzer, he's a marvelous subject for a documentary, and Alex Gibney has made a film worthy of him...
November 11, 2010
The portrait of Spitzer that emerges throughout Client 9 is of a straight-talking, no-nonsense individual whose non-political way of getting things done crafted a lot of enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2010
Client 9 works like a good detective novel: Colorful and seemingly disparate characters are introduced, and then the strands that tie them together are revealed in a rich, sordid, thrilling tableau.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2010
It takes Gibney almost two hours to build his own argument regarding the airing of Spitzer's laundry, and, having watched it twice, that length is inexplicable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2010
It uncovers truths while framing events as a gripping whodunit. Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2010
I wonder how Gibney operated the camera while on his back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 5, 2010
The good stuff, as far as Mr. Gibney's movie and Mr. Elkind's book theorize, involves the power brokers who...might have had something to do with his downfall.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2010
As irresistible as the Ashley and Angelina material may be, that stuff is really the icing on Gibney's cake, which is an elegantly told New York fable about a smart, arrogant guy who made a whole lot of the wrong kinds of enemies.
November 4, 2010
The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 3, 2010
Deepens the saga of New York's former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 3, 2010
The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2010
Gibney's assiduous presentation of a payback plot against Spitzer is matched by his diligent investigation into the workings of the Emperors Club VIP.
November 1, 2010
It's probably easier for an ex-prosecutor known for macho threats to say he got caught screwing than for him to say he got screwed. But folks, he was reamed.
September 14, 2010
This is a smart, well-built documentary that does greatly deepen the account of Spitzer's fall from grace, as advertised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2010
An utterly fascinating look at many things you didn't know about the Eliot Spitzer scandal.
September 12, 2010
For all the information here, Gibney is unusual among investigative documentarians in that he never forgets he's making cinema.