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A rising star in the agricultural industry suddenly turns whistleblower in hopes of gaining a lucrative promotion and becoming a hero of the common people, inadvertently revealing his penchant for hel... read more read himself to the corporate coffers and ultimately threatening to derail the very investigation he helped to launch in this offbeat comedy from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Mark Whitacre (Matt Damon) was fast rising through the ranks at agri-industry powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) when he became savvy to the company's multinational price-fixing conspiracy, and decided to turn evidence for the FBI. Convinced that he'll be hailed as a hero of the people for his efforts, Whitacre agrees to wear a wire in order to gather the evidence needed to convict the greedy money-grabbers at ADM. Unfortunately, both the case -- and Whitacre's integrity -- are compromised when FBI agents become frustrated by their informant's ever-shifting account, and discover that he isn't exactly the saintly figure he made himself out to be. Unable to discern reality from Whitacre's fantasy as they struggle to build their case against ADM, the FBI watches in horror as the highest-ranking corporate bust in U.S. history threatens to implode before their very eyes. Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010

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  • December 20, 2012
    review coming.
  • February 27, 2012
    Matt Damon becomes the American other Americans think of if asked "what is an American?" in this pointed farce that targets the difference between what Americans are versus who we think we are. The barbs are fast and furious, probably requiring a second viewing, and'll leave you... read more wondering: "when did I know this likable charmer was lying" and "do I realise when I am?" All in all an entertaining package.
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    October 27, 2011
    A return to form for Soderbergh, Matt Damon puts in his most brilliant comedic performance.
  • August 22, 2011
    Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! Is an amusing eccentric comedy about Mark Whitacre played by Matt Damon. The Informant! Is based on Whitacre true story on how he became a whistle blower to the feds so he advances his career in the agricultural industry. The film has an intrigu... read moreing story and manages to be funny. The cast here that star alongside Matt Damon are wonderful. I especially enjoyed Scott Bakula's performance as Agent Brian Shepard. What separates The Informant! From most other comedies is that it takes a true story and put a spin on it to make it more enjoyable. This a more intelligent form of comedy than most other films and it may not appeal to many people. But for those who like this type of humor, The Informant! Is a good film that's well paced and not too boring. There are bits of humor thrown in throughout the film and the film manages to be different as much as it is funny. Sure the film isn't the best, but for what it is, The Informant is a well made film with a good story, good acting and good humor. Steven Soderbergh's directing is solid, and he has made another entertaining film held together by a very good cast and a good script. If you like something different, then The Informant! Is the film for you. But if you expect something thrilling and suspenseful, you won't find it here. What you'll get with this film is an intelligent comedic with a good, engaging story.
  • August 14, 2011
    Soderbergh is usually half kooky and fun and half pure fantasist. The Informant! is the pinnacle of the zany antics Soderbergh brings to the screen, meshing together a true story of corporate greed with the instability of a man who is both a hero to the bedraggled masses, and als... read moreo a ferociously unlikable and untrustworthy sycophant, hell-bent on his own personal agenda and taking the government, the press, and his employer along for the ride. At first it's purely a film about taking down powerhouse big business in an attempt to make things right, but morphs into a maze of hypocrisy and eccentricities. We are accompanied along the way with a voice over narration that generates a bevy of trivia that is insightful but rarely justified. Still, this colorful commentary is rich with nuances to the instability of our lead protagonist, Mark Whitacre, who voices his concerns about the deceitful ADM along with his own accolades, his words the unfortunate entourage of the entire film. Because the FBI working with him agrees with the portrayal he puts forth, we give in to this portrait and believe he's odd, but a good man. Then, once everything starts tumbling around his ears, not only are we allowed to see ADM taken over for a plethora of charges, but the true form of Whitacre, who is both scary and unstable. He's still a man of morals and doing the right thing, but the lies mount and his intentions go into an unfortunate gray area. The process is fascinating to watch, especially when Whitacre confesses to these crimes, most in his own head. The film also carries a nostalgic soundtrack, groovy titles, and a stellar cast. Most of the supporting roles are given to people usually associated with comical roles, including Tony Hale from Arrested Development, Joel McHale from The Soup and Community, and comics Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tomkins, and Tom Papa. It's really just a spectacular ride.
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    May 12, 2011
    A quirky little satire examining the inner machinations of corporate greed, The Informant! features a surprisingly unhinged performance from Matt Damon and a refreshingly ironic tone.
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    May 10, 2011
    I couldn't help but feel uninvolved throughout the entire movie.
  • March 18, 2011
    If you plan on watching Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" please do yourself a favor and watch it twice. This is an extremely difficult film to embrace with one viewing but once you get your bearings it really is a unique and wonderful experience. Matt Damon is exceptional. I ... read morefeel like Damon doesn't get the credit he deserves for his performances in the past decade. He's actually a great character actor who takes some risky roles, and "The Informant!" is one of them. When you put the whole story together it's a fascinating one, so please don't dismiss this film right off the bat, it is much more clever than it first appears.
  • January 8, 2011
    This is a very smart film...maybe too smart. It's definitely not for mainstream audiences and it's one of those films where you have to pay close attention and constantly be thinking about what's going on at all times. The story is no rollercoaster ride - it actually lies quite... read more flat for the length of time. The cast is wonderful and the story is pretty interesting, but it just isn't the kind of movie you put on to have a good time with.
  • January 2, 2011
    The Informant! is based on the true story of corporate whistle blower Mark Whitacre who came to the FBI with evidence of global price fixing, but caused their case to become threatened when it became obvious that he was a compulsive liar and embezzler. The film is a kind of comic... read more throwback to the cold war thrillers of the 70s with the espionage being perpetrated by big business rather than the super powers. In fact it is the tone that Soderbergh chose for the film that never really sat well with me; namely the soundtrack that consists of a constant stream of cheesy lift muzak gives it the feeling of a light-hearted sitcom and although Matt Damon puts in a winning performance as Whitacre, the format really contains little more than stream of scenes involving men in ties having meetings which becomes quite tiresome by the end of the film. Scott Bakula is his usual likable self as the lead investigator but the rest of the rather forgettable cast don't really get much of a look in. Beyond the mild amusement and disbelief at Whitacre's actions it all feels a little too flimsy and the material didn't really have the legs to last nearly two hours for me. An interesting story that is almost scuppered by the rather misjudged approach.

Critic Reviews

Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
Laremy Legel,

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

David Jenkins
November 20, 2009
David Jenkins, Time Out

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. Full Review

Peter Rainer
October 2, 2009
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all. Full Review

Ann Hornaday
September 19, 2009
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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.

Dana Stevens
September 19, 2009
Dana Stevens, Slate

Mark's collection of bizarre behaviors doesn't add up to a character. Full Review

James Berardinelli
September 19, 2009
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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 complet... Full Review

J. R. Jones
September 19, 2009
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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

Ty Burr
September 19, 2009
Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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 laug... Full Review

Joe Neumaier
September 18, 2009
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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

Amy Biancolli
September 18, 2009
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

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

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    • Mark Whitacre: Is it Porsche or Porsche'?
    • Terry Wilson: Well, there you have it, from Mark Whitacre, Ph.D. You know what the Ph.D. stands for, don't you? Piled higher and deeper.
    • Mark Whitacre: Paranoid is what people who are trying to take advantage of you call you to get you to drop your guard!

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