'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer' Critic Reviews
Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies.
Spitzer was way ahead of the curve in going after the avaricious Wall Street megalomaniacs. That some would sit for interviews with Gibney shows how ignorant hubris can make a person.
The case may be plausible, but Gibney's method -- a singularly unimaginative trawl through archival footage and listlessly edited talking heads -- is life-sapping to watch.
The most pressing question the film elicits is why the government should still be allowed to use anti-prostitution laws to harass citizens who are doing no one (or in Spitzer's case, no one beyond themselves) any harm.
A powerhouse of a documentary from Oscar-winning writer-director Alex Gibney.
... an eye-opening documentary about the use and abuse of power and the title subject is a fascinating man to listen to and learn about.
does what very few examinations of political scandals do, namely, drill down into the politics involved and look at what happens when a powerful reformer is undone by a sex scandal
The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.
...a strong political documentary that both looks back and to the future....a documentary that plays like a good drama.
Time Out New York
The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
Hollywood & Fine
Gibney possesses the clarity of vision and intelligence to take complicated stories and make his material both comprehensive and interesting.
Gibney's crack procedural instincts kick in as he reconstructs the gallery of enemies Spitzer made in the financial sector and in politics.
...as important a historical record as it is a microcosmic study of endemic problems with America's political landscape.
Relying on a bevy of circumstantial evidence and without proving much in the way of anything, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer nonetheless homes in on a provocative and highly plausible thesis.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
A thought-provoking documentary about what really lies behind the crash and burn downfall of New York's Governor and former Attorney General who took on Wall Street as a crusading reformer
Unlike the current occupant of the White House, Spitzer clearly meant business when he said he wanted to clean up Wall Street. That is why he was brought down for buying sex, an act that has victimized few other politicians.
Film Journal International
Suspenseful, provocative look at how and why Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
It's an intriguing story grippingly told, though the film doesn't quite have the force or universality of earlier Gibney documentaries.