FBI agents receive an unpleasant surprise when they rely on ADM executive Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) to gather evidence in their price-fixing case against agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland.
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" ...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. "
" [Damon] occupies his equivocating antihero utterly, capturing the Walter Mittyish self-delusion, the desperate desire to please, and the bottomless conviction that, whatever his transgressions, he's still one of the good guys. "
" 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. "
" A smart, cynical movie about how we buy now -- oops, I mean, how we live now. "
" Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I enjoyed it, in a momentary-diversion sort of way, without really being sure it was worth doing. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It may come across like a self-satisfied madcap bauble, but that titular exclamation mark is the key that unlocks the myriad subtextual delights of Soderbergh's timely latest. "
" 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. "
" Shooting fast and digital in just 30 days, Soderbergh invests the film with the breathless pace of a thriller and the gravity befitting a nation's soul sickness. Damon makes Whitacre recognizably human. "
" Soderbergh has transformed this into a treatise on the incompetence of everyone involved: the informant, the corporation upon which he informs, the lawyers, and the FBI. Strangely enough, it's completely believable. "
" 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. "
" The exclamation point in the title is your first clue that Steven Soderbergh's intentions here are more than a little askew. "
" The Informant! has two aces going for it: Soderbergh's poking at the mazelike holes in American business and Damon's whirling dervish performance. "
" The Informant! is more amusing than laugh-out-loud hilarious, but is never boring. "
" 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. "
" Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character. "
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