The Informers
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A collection of Bret Easton Ellis' short stories are adapted for the screen by Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and helmed by Gregor Jordan in The Informers, a Senator Entertainment ensemble film featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, and Winona Ryder. The film observes the goings-on during a week in Los Angeles in 1983, with many intersecting characters including a kidnapper, movie executives, rock stars, and other freewheeling, morally loose individuals. Austin Nichols, Jon Foster, and Amber Heard co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"Rating less than zero on the sophistication scale, The Informers is thus a totally faithful adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel--and an accurate look at early '80s-era Los Angeles."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"Gorgeous people and some well written dialogue aren't enough to make this a movie you should see."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Heaven protect us from any more Bret Easton Ellis versions of Tales of the Empty Lives of Los Angeles."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"...a ninety-eight-minute snooze-fest."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"In structure and location the film resembles Robert Altman's Short Cuts, though it's much inferior and far less interesting."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"We may not care about these cokeheads, but only rarely does Jordan fall into knee-jerk retribution."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"It's by far the most slack, ho-hum movie ever made from Ellis' material."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Brad Renfro in his last movie role, playing a wannabe film actor who sprays out filthy perspiration like a collie emerging from a sewer. It's possible this role killed Renfro."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"bleak, boring and bloated."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"While it's an occasionally unsettling piece - and comes with a big-name cast - the story never goes anywhere."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"This just felt like a bunch of people in 1980s L.A. with blonde streaks in their hair listening to Wang Chung."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The Informers is a movie so seamy it makes you want to take a bath afterward. Rarely has so much sin seemed so boring."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Imagine American Psycho with less violence but more nudity, transplanted from New York to California and stripped of all self-awareness. That's The Informers."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"It has a good cast and a terrific 1980s soundtrack (Devo, Simple Minds), but it also has the superficiality of a TV soap. The Informers is not so bad that you can't sit back and enjoy it, but nor is it good enough to go and see."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"A lurid, soapy, moralistic melodrama so mucky you'll need a shower."
‑ , Film4
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