'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Deepens the saga of New York's former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    It's a riveting story of personal hubris and political chicanery.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Scary, fascinating stuff.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Gibney's assiduous presentation of a payback plot against Spitzer is matched by his diligent investigation into the workings of the Emperors Club VIP.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    It uncovers truths while framing events as a gripping whodunit. Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    For all the information here, Gibney is unusual among investigative documentarians in that he never forgets he's making cinema.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    I wonder how Gibney operated the camera while on his back.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kate Taylor Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Bradshaw Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    This is a smart, well-built documentary that does greatly deepen the account of Spitzer's fall from grace, as advertised.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An utterly fascinating look at many things you didn't know about the Eliot Spitzer scandal.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Simon Miraudo Quickflix
    60
    Client-9 ... is a fascinating, if occasionally fawning, character study of the man who would be king.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Thomas Caldwell Cinema Autopsy
    80
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  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    80
    Informative and thought-provoking...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    80
    Full Review » 3 years ago