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

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  • Brett Michel Boston Phoenix
    75
    Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tony Medley Tolucan Times
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Vadim Rizov Boxoffice Magazine
    30
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Rebello Playboy Online
    88
    A powerhouse of a documentary from Oscar-winning writer-director Alex Gibney.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    75
    ... 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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Scott Tobias AV Club
    67
    The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    75
    ...a strong political documentary that both looks back and to the future....a documentary that plays like a good drama.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Barsanti Filmcritic.com
    80
    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
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marshall Fine Hollywood & Fine
    Gibney possesses the clarity of vision and intelligence to take complicated stories and make his material both comprehensive and interesting.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    75
    Gibney's crack procedural instincts kick in as he reconstructs the gallery of enemies Spitzer made in the financial sector and in politics.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    40
    The more substantial material, including Spitzer's feuds with vindictive New York politician Joe Bruno and financier Ken Langone, gets short shrift.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    75
    ...as important a historical record as it is a microcosmic study of endemic problems with America's political landscape.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    80
    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
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviews
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Daniel Eagan Film Journal International
    Suspenseful, provocative look at how and why Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Hazelton Screen International
    It'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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