The Informant! Reviews
Posted 09.17.09 by reelz
Matt Damon gained 30 pounds to play the role of infamous corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre, a top executive at agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland who helped the FBI expose price fixing at that company in the 1990s. If that doesn't sound like the setup for a successful comedy — even in the hands of director Steven Soderbergh — you could be right.
"...a groovy-looking, chuckle-baiting, fact-based movie from protean director Steven Soderbergh..."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Who said true-life crime stories have to make serious movies? Bright, breezy, and downright goofy, this superbly captures the workings of Whitacre’s highly imaginative mind and the outlandish nature of the crime."
— Mark Salisbury, Premiere
"Amusingly eccentric rather than outright funny..."
— Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A comedy about corporate fraud, malfeasance, and a mental disorder that never quite succeeds as a comedy."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Unlike the director's [Soderbergh] usual organic efforts — in which great style never results in overstylized — The Informant! feels overamped from start to shrugging finish."
— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice