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The Informers

drama


From the author of LESS THAN ZERO comes a new tale of 1980s Los Angeles as a lost generation drifts through a world of lust, greed and addiction.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    13%
  • Audience Score
    17%

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    13%
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  • Audience

    17%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The performances run the gamut from twitchy to catatonic, and the stoned stiffness of the actors seems to have less to do with the affectlessness of the characters than with their own confusion.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, April 24, 2009

Rotten:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Friday, November 18, 2011

Rotten: Gorgeous people and some well written dialogue aren't enough to make this a movie you should see.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, April 27, 2009

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A strange film, that seems totally random at times. It has a bit of an insight to the lives of a range of people in early 80's LA. From the spoilt rich kids, drugged up pop star, shady ex-con and a news reporter. The stories are very loosely interwoven. This is far from being anything like Crash though! There doesn't seem to be much of a plot to it at all or any conclusion. Just a brief look at their lives full of sex, drugs and 80's pop. If it wasn't for Amber Heard looking very sexy in this it would be even more boring, a shame given the very strong cast list!

- Deano78, Saturday, October 23, 2010

0 star

To say that The Informers is a travesty would be wrong -- even travesties are watchable. This is not a film that is so bad it's good, it's simply bad. There's no humor to be found, simply sheer, monotonous badness. It is scene after scene of characters you don't care about doing things that are not interesting and saying things that are stupefying. And then, somewhere towards the end of the movie you realize that none of these characters and none of these scenes connect (although you'll probably be disoriented from the sheer directionless meandering of the film, so you may not actually know how long has passed or whether or not the movie is drawing to a conclusion. No exaggeration: it wasn't until the credits came up that I was certain there wasn't another hour to go). Not only that, but none of the individual, disconnected stories ever go anywhere. I'm not the kind of moviegoer who demands rigid plot in everything -- I can enjoy a movie that takes the scenic route, or that is trying to build a mood or explore characters more than it's trying to tell a thrilling story -- but even my patience was destroyed by the way The Informers becomes a random look at the lives of a dozen crappy, hateful people, never getting near narrative, let alone drama or closure. Seeing this makes it hard to imagine that director Gregor Jordan ever made a movie before (perhaps even harder to imagine that he's ever seen a movie before), let alone one as modestly well-received as Buffalo Soldiers. It's harder to believe that he's making another movie right now; surely if any film called for Director Exile (forget Director Jail, send him to Director Siberia), it's The Informers. People involved in this film should be moving east and becoming Amish to atone. Sadly, it also marks the first Rourke film post-The Wrestler, and it's the last film Brad Renfro made before he died. The Informers is an utter train wreck from top to bottom and an early front runner for Worst of 2009.

- JonathanHutchings, Thursday, April 8, 2010

3 stars

Great performances in this desolate story by Bret Easton Ellis about moral decay amidst society glamour in the Los Angeles of 1983, showing rich people living of sex, drugs, power, wealth and fame, and the misery of their lives.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, February 9, 2010