• Released
  • November 5, 2010
  • (New York and Los Angeles only; National release TBD)
  • R , 1 hr 57 min
  • Documentary
88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Client 9 speaks plenty of truth - about politics, power, human nature - even if you don't buy into the hit-job hypothesis.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Deepens the saga of New York's former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was. Spitzer, almost three years after he was caught soliciting escorts, comes off as chastened but still regal, like a hawkeyed Jewish Kennedy.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In retelling the still-astonishing story of the political career of Eliot Spitzer, a shooting star whose spectacular crash might forever obscure his accomplishments, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney has all the ingredients for a potboiler: greed, corruption, sex, power, overweening ambition and jaw-dropping hubris.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
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75

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Client 9 doesn't make any excuses for Spitzer, who is interviewed extensively in the film and who wisely insists that he alone is responsible for his fate.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Spitzer was undone by his zipper, but as Client 9 makes clear, he was also undone by his refusal - or inability - to make nice with some of the state's most powerful characters.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
At times Client 9 feels frustratingly incomplete. Gibney hints at a conspiracy among Spitzer's enemies but is unable to fully substantiate this thesis.
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
As Gibney and Spitzer are at pains to point out, it's a story as old as Icarus: Man rises to power; man makes enemies; man gets greedy and is undone.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Gibney has too much information, too much material, and too many people to shape a mystery or a drama or even a farce out of it all. His movie has elements of all three without ever sustaining one.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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