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  • Summary: In such works as "Less Than Zero" and "American Psycho," Brett Easton Ellis dissects contemporary American society, a culture in which too much is never enough. Now, adapting his own acclaimed novel for the screen, he returns to the Los Angeles of the early 1980's with a multi-strandIn such works as "Less Than Zero" and "American Psycho," Brett Easton Ellis dissects contemporary American society, a culture in which too much is never enough. Now, adapting his own acclaimed novel for the screen, he returns to the Los Angeles of the early 1980's with a multi-strand narrative that deftly balances a vast array of characters who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman, an amoral ex-con). Connecting all his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis protagonists—a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs—and one another—with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of a volcano. (Senator Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 19 out of 25
  1. Has an air of detachment and sadness, enhanced by the movie's being set a full quarter century ago.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    One long wallow in sordidness.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. This one's a certifiable soul-sucker, dining out on its characters' venalities while wagging a finger at the horror, the horror.
  6. Ellis' stamp is immediately apparent, from the absurdly vapid characters to the undercurrent of barely repressed anger.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. jonpauld
    Apr 25, 2009
    8
    I was really excited to see this as an Ellis fan. I peaked at the reviews before hand and was nervous it might let me down. Please ignore the I was really excited to see this as an Ellis fan. I peaked at the reviews before hand and was nervous it might let me down. Please ignore the critics, this film was very well done. If you enjoyed "American Psycho" you will most likely enjoy this. Expand
  2. RodrigoG
    Apr 25, 2009
    8
    While it's not an exact word-for-word adaptation, if you enjoyed reading The Informers, you should go see this movie. Jordan's work While it's not an exact word-for-word adaptation, if you enjoyed reading The Informers, you should go see this movie. Jordan's work in weaving together this series of loosely related short stories into a feature film is impressive, and will likely acquire the same cult following as other adaptations of Ellis's novels. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand

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