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 - Salon.com
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
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Informative and thought-provoking...
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
It's a riveting story of personal hubris and political chicanery.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Featuring interviews with the man himself, his enemies and one of the hookers, this isn't just a fascinating yarn but a, cough, penetrating character study.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Client 9 probably won't make you like Elliot Spitzer, but it will damn sure make you respect him.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Scary, fascinating stuff.
Alex Gibney has a knack for telling great stories in a lucid fashion, and this story's a good 'un.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
As corporate exposes go, it's best to stick with Inside Job.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
A sharp and very American probe into payback that puts forward a strong, if not entirely watertight, case.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
The film lights up a complex story like a pinball machine.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Interviews with Spitzer, those exclusive madams and vengeful Republicans are woven into a compulsively fascinating probe of power and its dark side.
Sam Wigley - Total Film
As a lens into the microcosm of politics, it's as depressing as it is enlightening, demonstrating how truly we have become a country by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
So was Spitzer a closet danger junkie, a stranger sex addict, victim of a stern tycoon dad 'who foreclosed me in monopoly,' or done in by an adolescent omnipotence that enormous power and wealth can bring. A shrink's two cents would have been helpful.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Directed by Alex Gibney, 'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer' goes into the heart of Manhattan and New York State politics...
John Esther - UR Chicago Magazine
I have no problem with Gibney's doc, except all of it is common knowledge ... .
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The movie is perfectly paced, clocking in a few minutes short of two hours, and holds your interest with its captivating subject matter. The musical selections and the aerial shots of Times Square add to the entertainment value of this slick production.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Client 9 is a compelling, well-researched documentary that reaches below the surface of what we thought we knew about Eliot Spitzer.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Much better are the interviews Gibney conducts with the big players, including Spitzer himself. Although he never apologizes for his aggressive style, Spitzer comes across as relatively subdued and doesn't make excuses for his personal behavior.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
This film raises a lot more questions than it answers, but it is a good place to start looking at the strange case of Eliot Spitzer.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As to the broader implications of Spitzer's downfall -- Did the American public miss out on a guy who could have done the country a lot of good and who probably didn't do anything previous politicians hadn't done? -- the movie is mum.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Client 9 brilliantly situates Eliot Spitzer's bad behavior and questionable character in multiple broader contexts, all in flux by definition.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
A fascinating investigation of a sad and sorry personal and political scandal, and while it doesn't prove its allegations of conspiracy, it makes a persuasive circumstantial case.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Client 9 is yet another chapter in the secret history of capitalist piracy in the US. It's a good yarn that points to the prospect of further good yarns.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
As Gibney demonstrates in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, plenty of politicians remained in office amid similar revelations.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Like "Casino Jack," Gibney's newest concerns greed, corruption and the nature of powerful people.
Stan Hall - Oregonian
"Client 9" is made with skill and intelligence, but I kept wanting to hear another story; one that I hadn't heard before.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
He stretches the saga of Spitzer a bit too thin with a nearly two-hour running time that his story really can't support but this is still a mostly-fascinating film.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Spitzer was way ahead of the curve in going after the avaricious Wall Street megalomaniacs. That some would sit for interviews with Gibney shows how ignorant hubris can make a person.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The case may be plausible, but Gibney's method -- a singularly unimaginative trawl through archival footage and listlessly edited talking heads -- is life-sapping to watch.
Vadim Rizov - Boxoffice Magazine
A powerhouse of a documentary from Oscar-winning writer-director Alex Gibney.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
The most pressing question the film elicits is why the government should still be allowed to use anti-prostitution laws to harass citizens who are doing no one (or in Spitzer's case, no one beyond themselves) any harm.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
... an eye-opening documentary about the use and abuse of power and the title subject is a fascinating man to listen to and learn about.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...a strong political documentary that both looks back and to the future....a documentary that plays like a good drama.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
does what very few examinations of political scandals do, namely, drill down into the politics involved and look at what happens when a powerful reformer is undone by a sex scandal
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Gibney possesses the clarity of vision and intelligence to take complicated stories and make his material both comprehensive and interesting.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Gibney's crack procedural instincts kick in as he reconstructs the gallery of enemies Spitzer made in the financial sector and in politics.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
...as important a historical record as it is a microcosmic study of endemic problems with America's political landscape.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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.
Relying on a bevy of circumstantial evidence and without proving much in the way of anything, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer nonetheless homes in on a provocative and highly plausible thesis.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
A thought-provoking documentary about what really lies behind the crash and burn downfall of New York's Governor and former Attorney General who took on Wall Street as a crusading reformer
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Unlike the current occupant of the White House, Spitzer clearly meant business when he said he wanted to clean up Wall Street. That is why he was brought down for buying sex, an act that has victimized few other politicians.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Suspenseful, provocative look at how and why Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It's an intriguing story grippingly told, though the film doesn't quite have the force or universality of earlier Gibney documentaries.
John Hazelton - Screen International
The doc's talking heads are fascinating, including the creepy Home Depot founder Ken Langone and weasely AIG CEO Hank Greenberg.
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