The Informant! Synopsis
The government goes after agribusiness giant ADM with evidence given by Mark Whitacre.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Bakula is the ideal surrogate for a perplexed audience. Similarly, Whitacre's exasperated wife, played by Melanie Lynskey, is drily funny.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Matt Damon's old-fashioned, brilliantly calibrated character turn as a corporate schnook-turned-whistle-blower; and Marvin Hamlisch's...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In The Informant!, that brain -- screwy and yet capable of doing important undercover work -- free-associates like Ellen DeGeneres on a...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie’s fun to watch, but you can tell it was a lot more fun to make, and that’s a problem. The party stays up on the screen; down...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the maze­like holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The whole film, a comedy about crime and mental illness, seems at war with itself.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's overextended and exhaustingly comic.
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The Informant! - what a tall tale! Grade: B-minus. (Based on advance VIP press preview)

Thursday 9/10/09 - This first movie preview of this evening that I attended almost put me to sleep in its opening 15 minutes - as director Steven Soderberg tried hard to stamp his caper-style onto a...


By azladyrider
I havent seen the actual movie yet but I lived this while I was working in that small town for that CROOKED and CORRUPT corporation. I know most of the players and TRUST ME on this one, if they made...

The Informant!

By MDiamondMD
Soderburg and Eichenwald's movie is neither fact nor fiction, and therefore both fishy and foul. Using real names from the ADM price-fixing scandal creates a pseudo factuality, in spite of the...

Get me out

By dpbrew
What a waste of talent and time. I would have resented getting this on Netflix, but at least could have turned it off. We got the point and wow was it dull! This movie does not deserve the so-so...

Drier than a box of cornmeal

By ChuckleMonkey
How did this movie get sold to the studio, exactly? "Yeah, we're gonna fatten up Matt Damon, a franchise action star... but if you like jokes about dextrose and lycene, boy have we got a film for...

The informant

By Geezd
Not good at all...

The Informant

By ddallura
This movie did not capture the interest of anyone in my group. It started slow and never picked up....

ok, sorta hard to follow

By Aruba4me
The movie overall was a solid B-. The acting was decent, but I didn't think anything about the movie was "Oscar worthy". I found the story difficult to follow and the first 25 minutes were kinda...


By 214214
a dreadful film in which everybody seemed like automatons. I mean, give me a =break, surely the parents would have noticed their son had a habit of lying! Surely the wife would have registered...

Great movie for the right audiences

By yuvilio
Man, I don't usually write movie reviews but there are a lot of harsh ones for this flick. Upon reading them, a lot of the negatives could have been avoided if people bothered researching the movie....

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Rated R | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Playful tale of corporate misdeeds may interest some teens.
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