• Released
  • November 5, 2010
  • (New York and Los Angeles only; National release TBD)
  • R , 1 hr 57 min
  • Documentary
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Synopsis
A prostitution scandal forces New York's governor to resign from office.
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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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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...
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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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Excellent film making, absorbing documentary

By LovePoem
Even if you don't think you'll like the subject matter of Client 9, you will find yourself totally absorbed in the compelling drama of the Eliot Spitzer story. Extensive interviews with Mr Spitzer...

Great Portrait of a flawed human.

By chelsealady
This gave a full picture of Elliot Spitzer with all his flaws and assets. It was well done and always held your interest. It becomes evident that Elliot Spitzer's failings deprived all of us of a...

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By LeftyNYC

Client 9 more than the others

By everyweek60706
Sex and an accessible villain make this a big improvement over Inside Job. The interviews and explanations are simpler and more colorful as well. The title refers to the indictment's anonymous...

client 9

By aitnyc
You must see this film! Spitzer is not the jerk he appeared in the press to be. And he was a target of the Bush /Rove campaign to get rid of democratic leaders. Further, the rich guys Spitzer had...

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Rated R | For Some sexual material, nudity and language