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  • Summary: This documentary feature takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street," when he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer - the paragon of rectitude - had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy. With unique access to the escort world as well as friends, colleagues and enemies of the ex-Governor (many of whom have come forward for the first time) the film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 11, 2010
    Client 9 speaks plenty of truth - about politics, power, human nature - even if you don't buy into the hit-job hypothesis.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 3, 2010
    Deepens the saga of New York's former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was. Spitzer, almost three years after he was caught soliciting escorts, comes off as chastened but still regal, like a hawkeyed Jewish Kennedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 5, 2010
    Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 2, 2010
    As Gibney and Spitzer are at pains to point out, it's a story as old as Icarus: Man rises to power; man makes enemies; man gets greedy and is undone.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 12, 2010
    At times Client 9 feels frustratingly incomplete. Gibney hints at a conspiracy among Spitzer's enemies but is unable to fully substantiate this thesis.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 2, 2010
    Spitzer, whose tireless efforts to redeem himself led to his cooperation in this doc, receives an entirely sympathetic-yet thoroughly researched-treatment from Gibney.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 5, 2010
    Let us return to reality (all this happened less than three years ago; do documentarians think we don't read the papers?).

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 18, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2011
    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. Collapse

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