'The Informant!' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
78%
Rotten Tomatoes:   216 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    [Damon] -- who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor -- is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    A smart, cynical movie about how we buy now -- oops, I mean, how we live now.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Soderbergh has commissioned a relentlessly jazzy, wacky musical score from Hollywood veteran Marvin Hamlisch just so that we realise it's all supposed to be funny.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Soderbergh takes a deadly serious news story and amplifies and colors it to the point of outrageousness. The results aren't always consistent, but they are undeniably compelling.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Soderbergh is a good listener, too, always alert to the myriad ways his characters reveal, conceal and finally betray themselves in thought, word and deed.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It'd be a tragedy if it weren't so richly absurd, but it would also make for better comedy if the joke weren't on us. The Informant! laughs so long and hard that it forgets to check whether we're laughing along.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The filmmakers have painted a 1990s story with a 1970s palette, and the tone clashes with the setting, like plaid on paisley.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The Informant! has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the mazelike holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Mr. Damon plays it admirably straight, for the most part, thereby serving as a counterweight to the clamorous self-delight that surrounds him. Unfortunately, that's not enough to save the production...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    Few directors other than Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino can make films with the same geek joy -- the same love of cinematic history -- as Steven Soderbergh.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    It suggests that in a world gone mad, even the good guys can be a little cracked, and that, in an age of self-indulgence, it might be hard for a whistleblower to heed his own alarms.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    90
    ...a strange, strong, tragically funny comedy about all the lies we tell ourselves and others to make it through the wicked world and the working week.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The Informant! does raise a fascinating question: How can humans so compartmentalize their psyches? But Whitacre has no stature -- he's just a nut.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The Informant! is a return to form for Soderbergh, who couldn't seem to put anything resembling an emotional charge into his recent films...This time, Soderbergh is in full control, and his star is on fire.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    As Soderbergh lovingly peels away veil after veil of deception, the film develops into an unexpected human comedy. Not that any of the characters are laughing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    Damon's voice and demeanor are just right, and the actor-who really is an actor, a good one-works out Whitacre's particularities like a character man stepping up to a leading role, rather than a movie star, slumming.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    I liked the movie quite a bit, but by the end I felt as if I were at a live TV show with a blinking sign ordering me to LAUGH.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The film's casting is spot on. Damon is delightful playing someone who is a terrible actor. Wearing a ghastly muffin-shaped hairdo, an ill-advised mustache and 30 extra pounds around his waist, he's hardly recognizable as lethal Jason Bourne.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    The Informant! is a hoot, an ever-escalating tale of corporate crime, greed and out-and-out craziness.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The pic showcases an excellent performance by a chubbed-out Matt Damon as a Midwestern executive who's so smart he's dumb.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The Informant! is more amusing than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but is never boring.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    If only The Informant! was as giddy as its exclamation-point title, as jaunty as its corporate Muzak soundtrack -- or even as funny as its TV commercials.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    In adapting reporter Kurt Eichenwald's non-fiction account of Mark E. Whitacre, the corporate corn husker turned federal snitch, Soderbergh has given this incredible story exactly the amount of insanity it deserves.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    In the end, it seems as though it's better to aim for searing moments and whiff on greatness than to shoot for the middle and hit it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    A bait-and-switch film that promises caper comedy with silly hair and dated-fashion costumes, and ends up with something that's much weirder -- a marshmallow-light corporate satire.
    Full Review » 5 years ago