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The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life - before and after the death threats - through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby's version of events is accompanied - and often contradicted - by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality. As David Hanners of St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests, "When you interview people about Brandon Darby, you realize that everyone… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"This infuriating and convoluted French potboiler tells you everything while showing and suggesting nothing."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Sadly underpowered by the standards of Dafri's previous scripts and unconvincingly plotted, this thriller goes down as a disappointing misfire."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
"Jamie Meltzer's outstanding documentary Informant is either a study of one man's evolving political views, or of a man whose psychological issues have granted him the gift of self-justification."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"This tale of shady dealings in late-80s Gibraltar seems underpowered."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"More of a frustrating experience than an enlightening one."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary."
‑ Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Though there are exciting sequences, the roles are underwritten, the dubbing's disastrous and the tension lessens even as the net tightens."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"It suffers from a slow start, but blossoms into a rather fascinating piece of nonfiction psychological portraiture."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Fairly involving doc about a de-radicalized revolutionary turncoat."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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