'Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer' Critic Reviews
Brett Michel Boston Phoenix75Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies.
Tony Medley Tolucan Times80Spitzer 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.
Vadim Rizov Boxoffice Magazine30The 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.
Stephen Rebello Playboy Online88A powerhouse of a documentary from Oscar-winning writer-director Alex Gibney.
Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews75... 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.
Kurt Loder Reason OnlineThe 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.
Scott Tobias AV Club67The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.
Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews75...a strong political documentary that both looks back and to the future....a documentary that plays like a good drama.
Chris Barsanti Filmcritic.com80does 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
Marshall Fine Hollywood & FineGibney possesses the clarity of vision and intelligence to take complicated stories and make his material both comprehensive and interesting.
Michelle Orange Movieline75Gibney's crack procedural instincts kick in as he reconstructs the gallery of enemies Spitzer made in the financial sector and in politics.
Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York40The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com75...as important a historical record as it is a microcosmic study of endemic problems with America's political landscape.
Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine63Relying 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 Practice80A 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
Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviewsUnlike 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.
Daniel Eagan Film Journal InternationalSuspenseful, provocative look at how and why Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
John Hazelton Screen InternationalIt's an intriguing story grippingly told, though the film doesn't quite have the force or universality of earlier Gibney documentaries.Full Review » 4 years ago
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