Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews

  • Deepens the saga of New York's former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Gibney's assiduous presentation of a payback plot against Spitzer is matched by his diligent investigation into the workings of the Emperors Club VIP.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • It uncovers truths while framing events as a gripping whodunit. Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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...

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • For all the information here, Gibney is unusual among investigative documentarians in that he never forgets he's making cinema.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • I wonder how Gibney operated the camera while on his back.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Geoff Pevere — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Kate Taylor — Globe and Mail

  • This is a smart, well-built documentary that does greatly deepen the account of Spitzer's fall from grace, as advertised.

    James Bradshaw — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • 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.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • An utterly fascinating look at many things you didn't know about the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • 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.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • 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.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • Client-9 ... is a fascinating, if occasionally fawning, character study of the man who would be king.

    Simon Miraudo — Quickflix

  • (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer movie review at Cinema Autopsy)

    Thomas Caldwell — Cinema Autopsy

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