Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. With no-nonsense narration by Peter Coyote and a soundtrack that's at once apt, ironic and really, really good, The Smartest Guys in the Room is anything but a dry dissection of a major Wall Street debacle.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    100
    Delivers a polished and well-researched look at America 's largest corporate bankruptcy with a laser-sharp focus on the personalities, practices, and fates of the top executives behind the Enron meltdown.
  3. 100
    The movie grows richer as it goes along and contrasting pieces click together.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    100
    Despite the talking heads and grainy blow-ups of TV footage, the film boasts some rather gorgeous cinematography and moves briskly, with the interviews masterfully edited.
  5. A deeply straightforward yet beautifully crafted documentary.
  6. 91
    With this amoral business environment, it's not a question of if there will be another Enron, but when.
  7. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    90
    Not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen.
  8. 90
    Fiercely intelligent, terrifying and absurdly funny documentary.
  9. 90
    A thoroughly professional, frequently spectacular piece of muckraking.
  10. It's a chilling, completely fascinating documentary.
  11. 88
    This is not a political documentary. It is a crime story. No matter what your politics, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room will make you mad.
  12. 88
    Gordon Gekko didn't disappear with the 1980s; he just became a lot more difficult to pick out from a crowd.
  13. Is a movie worthwhile if it makes you sick? Absolutely, in the case of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Entertaining and enraging.
  15. 88
    Truly a tale for our time.
  16. Based on a best-selling book by Fortune magazine writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film approaches Enron through the Horatio Alger saga of its founder, Kenneth Lay, the son of a dirt-poor Missouri Baptist minister.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Taylor
    Jan 22, 2007
    2
    Interesting scandal. Horrible movie! So poorly put together.
  2. JoeP
    Dec 12, 2006
    8
    Excellent movie, shows how greed affected the entire country and almost brought the country to its knees in the biggest corporate scandal in Excellent movie, shows how greed affected the entire country and almost brought the country to its knees in the biggest corporate scandal in US history. Full Review »
  3. BillS.
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    A reflection of how many CEO's have forgotton their real role...to protect their organization, their employees and stockholders...not to A reflection of how many CEO's have forgotton their real role...to protect their organization, their employees and stockholders...not to fill their pockets and egos. Full Review »