Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A concise, entertaining documentary about the spectacular failure of Enron.

Christy Lemire
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Alex Gibney takes a notorious tale of corporate greed and plays it as Greek tragedy, Texas-style.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Victoria Segal
New Statesman

... Enron: the smartest guys in the room pinpoints a moment when corporate morality was shredded like so many tonnes of incriminating documents in a big business run by small, small men.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Deft, entertaining and infuriating documentary about one of the most egregious cases of corporate corruption in American history.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's not an indictment, so much. It's more like a mirror.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A meticulously researched and ably handled chronicle of one of the largest corporate scandals in American history.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Doesn't require an interest in business affairs to be captivating. It unfolds like a Wall St. disaster movie with two eminently hissable villains presiding over the catastrophe.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This documentary spins the tale of the nation's most disastrous failure of accounting standards and corporate greed in recent memory. The narration and… More
Jay Hutchinson
A fast-paced examination of the fall of Enron, this film is certainly a well-made documentary that took me from having absolutely no knowledge to having a… More
Melvin White
The Smartest Guys in the Room is a fascinating and well made documentary. It chronicles the rise and fall of Enron and it's corrupt leaders. It balances… More
Luke Baldock
This is the story of Enron, a legacy that unraveled so fast, that at the the time, I had no idea what was going on. The film manages to describe, in some… More
Daniel Perry
One of the better contemporary documentaries I've seen, this film is thorough but accessible, and it's on rock-solid footing, based on the book by… More
Ginny  X
The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron A dramatized crime story of how Enron became one of the largest corporations in America. Its like listening to a… More

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