Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Nov 6, 2010
    30
    The case may be plausible, but Gibney's method - a singularly unimaginative trawl through archival footage and listlessly edited talking heads - is life-sapping to watch, and his editorial contributions laughably literal-minded.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 5, 2010
    25
    Let us return to reality (all this happened less than three years ago; do documentarians think we don't read the papers?).
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 18, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The film is well-shot and paced, with lots of original sources speaking. The efforts of Spitzer to bring some fairness and justice to Wall Street and Albany are somewhat detailed, are fascinating and deserve a whole film of their own. It seems he was quite ahead of the curve in the matters of unregulated banking and investing gone wild and its ultimate effects on our economy. Depictions of the rise of the escort service that he was eventually linked to seems extraneous compared to the interesting evidence shown that the exposure of his activities outside marriage were driven by a high-tech lynch mob with deep Wall Street pockets. It is sad to see yet another example of how much influence the powerful and wealthy have over political and legal matters, but it was refreshing to see, at the end, how Spitzer is unusually gracious and unbitter in his mea culpa regarding the use of prostitutes. Full Review »
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    7
    Highly democratic in nature, the film still gives a great timeline and portrait of what happened to Governor Spitzer. Many excuses are bright to the table but with Eliot on record in the documentary he owns up to all that was done in dramatic fashion. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2011
    5
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