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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Alex Gibney, who wrote and produced Eugene Jarecki's The Trials of Henry Kissinger, examines the rise and fall of an infamous corporate juggernaut in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which he wrote and directed. The film, based on the book by Fortune Magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, opens with a reenactment of the suicide of Enron executive Cliff Baxter, then travels back in time, describing Enron chairman Kenneth Lay's humble beginnings as the son of a preacher, his ascent in the corporate world as an "apostle of deregulation," his fortuitous… More
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"Alex Gibney takes a notorious tale of corporate greed and plays it as Greek tragedy, Texas-style."
‑ Christy Lemire, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This thorough and thoroughly depressing account of the biggest corporate bankruptcy in history, and the rip-off that accompanied it, is so infuriating and dispiriting that your blood will boil, if not properly watered down."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"goes a long way to explain exactly why Enron imploded"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An expose on how greed, pride, and self-preservation instincts goad ambitious people to the outer capacities of deception and immoral behavior."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"The mordant documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room cleverly deconstructs the men who reminded us of the dark side of the American dream."
‑ Lester Pimentel, PopMatters
"Deft, entertaining and infuriating documentary about one of the most egregious cases of corporate corruption in American history."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"This essential documentary skillfully maps out the shady "mark to market" accounting device that the men who called themselves "the smartest guys in the room" used to commit corporate fraud on a colossal scale."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Fascinante do início ao fim, expõe o caso Enron e todas as suas complexas implicações de maneira didática e bem-humorada, funcionando, ainda, como um fantástico estudo sobre a natureza humana."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Powerful on many levels at once, Enron couldn't be more necessary as we wade into the muck of a second Bush term."
‑ Peter Hanson, Film Threat
"Boils it down and tells the story in clear terms, but make no mistake: It's still a complex issue."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"A meticulously researched and ably handled chronicle of one of the largest corporate scandals in American history."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A fun and demoralizing roller-coaster ride that will whet appetites for the Lay and Skilling debut in court as The Most Nervous Guys in the Room."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The Emperor Has No Energy"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Enron... is a film of tragic proportions; it sheds light on the venal humanity that led to more than a giant corporate fall - a human tragedy."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"OK, I admit it. I didn't get the whole Enron thing a few years back."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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