The Informant!

The Informant!

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The Informant!

A true story becomes a comedy-thriller in the hands of director Steven Soderbergh. Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an Ivy League Ph.D. who was an executive at agri-business giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Illinois in the early 1990s.

Whitacre agreed to go undercover to help the FBI confirm price-fixing accusations but eventually cracked from the pressure. After working undercover for years, he became extremely manic, stopped sleeping during most nights, and was seen using a gas leaf blower on his driveway during a thunderstorm at three o'clock in the morning.

New Zealander Melanie Lynskey plays Whitacre's wife.

2009Rating: M, contains offensive language108 minsUSA
ComedyThriller
Director:
Steven Soderbergh ('Che', 'Ocean's 11', 'Solaris', 'Traffic', 'Erin Brockovich')
Writer:
Scott Z. Burns
Cast:
Matt DamonFrank WelkerMelanie LynskeyScott BakulaPatton OswaltTony HaleJoel McHale
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rubbish

ive said it all rubbish

1.0
0

Boring

2.0
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Not sorry we saw this, worth going to

Generally agree with the Flicks review, but would give it another .5.

3.0
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Funny

I saw this at the 24 hour movie marathon. It is hilarious. Matt Damon's character is great. The twists are well played. Melanie Lynskey is good, as is Scott Bakula and Joel McHale. Well directed. Good comedy.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Amusingly eccentric rather than outright funny.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Matt Damon's old-fashioned, brilliantly calibrated character turn as a corporate schnook-turned-whistle-blower; and Marvin Hamlisch's retro-groovy score. For the movie's first hour or so, the pair of them together make for four-star entertainment. The last half hour, not so much.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Good, lighthearted fun with a great performance by Matt Damon.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The whole film, a comedy about crime and mental illness, seems at war with itself.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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It sets out to be less pompous than similar films, which inevitably means it feels less substantial. While amusing rather than hilarious, it ought to establish Matt Damon as a star character actor.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Amusingly eccentric rather than outright funny.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Matt Damon's old-fashioned, brilliantly calibrated character turn as a corporate schnook-turned-whistle-blower; and Marvin Hamlisch's retro-groovy score. For the movie's first hour or so, the pair of them together make for four-star entertainment. The last half hour, not so much.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Good, lighthearted fun with a great performance by Matt Damon.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The whole film, a comedy about crime and mental illness, seems at war with itself.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It sets out to be less pompous than similar films, which inevitably means it feels less substantial. While amusing rather than hilarious, it ought to establish Matt Damon as a star character actor.

3.0
0

rubbish

ive said it all rubbish

1.0
0

Boring

2.0
0

Not sorry we saw this, worth going to

Generally agree with the Flicks review, but would give it another .5.

3.0
0

Funny

I saw this at the 24 hour movie marathon. It is hilarious. Matt Damon's character is great. The twists are well played. Melanie Lynskey is good, as is Scott Bakula and Joel McHale. Well directed. Good comedy.

4.0
0