Metascore
20

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 19 out of 25
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  1. Has an air of detachment and sadness, enhanced by the movie's being set a full quarter century ago.
  2. 63
    If The Informers doesn't sound to you like a pleasant time at the movies, you are right. To repeat: dread, despair and doom. It is often however repulsively fascinating and has been directed by Gregor Jordan as a soap opera from hell, with good sets and costumes.
  3. 58
    Though The Informers is by no means great--nor wholly true to the vision of Ellis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Jarecki--moments sprinkled throughout the film capture Ellis' particular mix of flip yuppie satire and lived-in paranoia better than any big-screen version of his work to date.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    One long wallow in sordidness.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    The film is banal by obvious intent. The only question, as with other Ellis adaptations including "American Psycho," is whether auds will appreciate the aggressively shallow depiction of an aggressively shallow milieu, or mistake the pic's implicit critique for the crime itself.
  6. 50
    This is one of those "Crash"-style pictures with interwoven narrative strands. The problem here is that most of the strands wind up little more than loose ends.
  7. 38
    The Informers is nihilism for nihilism's sake; a bleak and borderline-unwatchable collage of misanthropes, self-absorbed a**holes, and pathetic weaklings as they struggle to move forward during the early 1980s in Los Angeles.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    38
    It's a terrible muddle unless you take it as a satire on the Age of Ellis, the Jacqueline Susann for that Flock of Seagulls era. That way, the unintentional laughs seem almost ironic.
  9. Another tale of Tinseltown drugs, sex and excess - has transferred itself to the screen with mind-boggling, laugh-inciting horribleness.
  10. 25
    Here's what is bad: this movie.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    You come away with only the memory of Christie, the film's perfect California blonde, lying insensate on the beach in the final ravages of AIDS - a potent and frightening image the rest of The Informers can't live up to.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    Shocking is the fact that three highly regarded actors -- Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Billy Bob Thornton -- chose to star in this dreadful film.
  13. This one's a certifiable soul-sucker, dining out on its characters' venalities while wagging a finger at the horror, the horror.
  14. Spoiler alert: It can leave you feeling kind of empty and sad! It's pretty, icky and boring all at once, and feels like nothing so much as an unusually depressing Ban du Soleil commercial.
  15. An awful film about an awful time.
  16. Reviewed by: Perry Seibert
    25
    So, in essence, The Informers fails precisely because we never believe these lost souls were ever human enough to have had a soul to lose in the first place.
  17. 20
    A tale of absolute self-absorption and unconscious revelation.
  18. 20
    Nearly every time Mr. Jordan, working from a script by Mr. Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki, tries for similar effects, he goes badly awry, so that you snicker when the movie is trying to be poignant and groan when it aims to make a joke.
  19. Ellis' stamp is immediately apparent, from the absurdly vapid characters to the undercurrent of barely repressed anger.
  20. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    10
    A nihilistic, narcissistic, knuckleheaded move about nihilistic, narcissistic knuckleheads, The Informers might have been an interesting exercise in satire, if it only had a sense of humor. Which it doesn't. You'll need one, though, after forking over 10 bucks to see it.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    10
    Conjures up plenty of debauched tableaux with its photogenic, jaded showbiz denizens and hangers-on, but nary a reason for existing.
  22. 0
    One of the worst movies of this or any year.
  23. The top-line talent, particularly Thornton and Rourke, do manage to hold our attention with idiosyncratic performances, but most of the others are a jumble of fair-haired, disaffected boys.
  24. 0
    Repulsive 80s flashback.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JT
    Oct 3, 2009
    3
    I have read all of Ellis' work and even I was turned off about the film version of a work of short stories. The simple fact is there is I have read all of Ellis' work and even I was turned off about the film version of a work of short stories. The simple fact is there is not much time for each character to become fully developed... and the fact that the "vampire" aspect was removed disappointed me greatly. Hopefully, the film version of 'Lunar Park' makes up for this awful flick. Full Review »
  2. JayH
    Aug 22, 2009
    5
    Okay, a bunch of shallow people in a very shallow movie, with shallow direction. Just what we need. The top notch production and cast Okay, a bunch of shallow people in a very shallow movie, with shallow direction. Just what we need. The top notch production and cast can't save this one. The attempt to capture the 1980's fails miserably. Boring. Full Review »
  3. ScottM
    May 1, 2009
    5
    As a fan of Ellis's works, Im not sure one can successfully translate the powerful detachment of his satire into a film. This is a prime As a fan of Ellis's works, Im not sure one can successfully translate the powerful detachment of his satire into a film. This is a prime example. Full Review »