The Informant! Reviews

  • [Damon] -- who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor -- is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A smart, cynical movie about how we buy now -- oops, I mean, how we live now.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always consistent, but they are undeniably compelling.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Soderbergh is a good listener, too, always alert to the myriad ways his characters reveal, conceal and finally betray themselves in thought, word and deed.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It'd be a tragedy if it weren't so richly absurd, but it would also make for better comedy if the joke weren't on us. The Informant! laughs so long and hard that it forgets to check whether we're laughing along.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The filmmakers have painted a 1990s story with a 1970s palette, and the tone clashes with the setting, like plaid on paisley.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • The Informant! has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the mazelike holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Damon plays it admirably straight, for the most part, thereby serving as a counterweight to the clamorous self-delight that surrounds him. Unfortunately, that's not enough to save the production...

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Few directors other than Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino can make films with the same geek joy -- the same love of cinematic history -- as Steven Soderbergh.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It suggests that in a world gone mad, even the good guys can be a little cracked, and that, in an age of self-indulgence, it might be hard for a whistleblower to heed his own alarms.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • ...a strange, strong, tragically funny comedy about all the lies we tell ourselves and others to make it through the wicked world and the working week.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • The Informant! does raise a fascinating question: How can humans so compartmentalize their psyches? But Whitacre has no stature -- he's just a nut.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The Informant! is a return to form for Soderbergh, who couldn't seem to put anything resembling an emotional charge into his recent films...This time, Soderbergh is in full control, and his star is on fire.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the characters are laughing.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Damon's voice and demeanor are just right, and the actor-who really is an actor, a good one-works out Whitacre's particularities like a character man stepping up to a leading role, rather than a movie star, slumming.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I liked the movie quite a bit, but by the end I felt as if I were at a live TV show with a blinking sign ordering me to LAUGH.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The film's casting is spot on. Damon is delightful playing someone who is a terrible actor. Wearing a ghastly muffin-shaped hairdo, an ill-advised mustache and 30 extra pounds around his waist, he's hardly recognizable as lethal Jason Bourne.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The Informant! is a hoot, an ever-escalating tale of corporate crime, greed and out-and-out craziness.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The pic showcases an excellent performance by a chubbed-out Matt Damon as a Midwestern executive who's so smart he's dumb.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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