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  • Summary: Informant examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 13, 2013
    80
    Among other things, this powerfully confused man is a study in American extremity.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    [An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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