Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 13, 2013
    80
    Among other things, this powerfully confused man is a study in American extremity.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    [An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum.
  5. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Sep 10, 2013
    75
    It creates a useful distance between Brandon Darby and his stories that allow for us to assess them individually, reinforcing the film's suggestion that the truth is elusive.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott MacDonald
    Sep 11, 2013
    58
    Meanwhile, there’s a potentially fascinating theme imbedded in Darby’s story that goes largely unexplored: the idea that modern protest is little more than theater, and that the participants on both sides are just actors playing roles.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 12, 2013
    80
    What makes Informant so effective is that while its focus is on Darby, the story has a larger scope.
  8. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 13, 2013
    90
    The force of Darby's personality -- a rich stew of righteousness, arrogance and self-delusion -- gives the doc a psychological appeal independent of politics.
  9. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Mr. Meltzer doesn’t quite find an effective tone or structure to stay on top of his unsettling person of interest.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    This shadowy film may ooze with espionage enigma, but Darby’s real-life role finds him casting himself as a crusader; he’s like a hipster Zelig, lost among media appearances, evasive social principle and TV-propagated naïveté.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Sep 10, 2013
    90
    Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely.

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