Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

R   |    |  Documentary


Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010) Poster

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.


7.4/10
2,164

Videos


Photos

  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
  • Eliot Spitzer in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
  • Eliot Spitzer in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)
  • Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast



Director:

Alex Gibney

Writer:

Alex Gibney

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


3 December 2010 | mbs
5
| Surprisingly holds your attention---but i'm not sure what the point was
Film manages to maintain interest without seeming overtly like a propaganda piece which is what i honestly thought it would be going in. *honestly why else would the ex governor have even participated if it wasn't for the opportunity to rehabilitate his image went my logic--an idea i'm sure many other people have thought when wondering if they should bother checking this one out. I can't really say whether you should check it out or not---it will help if you have a tolerance for smirking, and self justification (and yet somehow Spitzer doesn't indulge in the latter--remaining completely on point that he had no one to blame but himself for his own actions...what can i say? i was hoping for someone who sees conspiracy theories everywhere.)

Can't help but wonder how this is going to hold up in the coming decade or two. Will it hold together as a film? will it hold as a narrative that years from now people whom have never heard of Spitzer will be able to watch this and have interest in it?, sadly i think it probably will to a certain extent---not so much because of Spitzer's fall from grace (that will inevitably repeat itself in another high ranking politician and this will if anything just seem like business as usual.) but because of the various people--wall streeters, and gov. officials interviewed throughout who take delight in seeing Spitzer smeared. Its all kinds of creepy to see these guys and gals taking such glee in being interviewed about Spitzer as well as defending themselves from Spitzer's previous accusations against them when he was a crusading governor/state attorney---you kind of start to wonder what kind of documentary these guys thought they were being interviewed for exactly.

I mean in what capacity did these guys rationalize themselves into being interviewed for this doc? Was it this same rationality that led to Spitzer thinking he could continue seeing these prostitutes indefinitely without any ramifications? Why do such high ranking guys of both the governmental kind and the wall street kind think they can rationalize every action they take away as if they had a perfectly logical reason for doing what they do?) If anything can be taken away from this documentary, its not that you should be careful how you conduct yourself, its not that you should be careful whose feathers you ruffle (in the metaphorical sense of course), its not even that you shouldn't have sex with prostitutes if you're a government official (you especially shouldn't have sex with prostitutes who recognize you from the news)---its that very successful high ranking people of all professions can sell themselves on anything, especially when they really shouldn't. Throughout the film the director keeps coming back to an interview with the giggling young woman who ran the prostitution ring in the first place...and she still so obviously thinks that she did nothing wrong running such a business and making a lot of money doing so. Perhaps that's even why these people are so successful in the first place. That they're such good salesmen, that they can even fool themselves into thinking they can do anything and get away with anything because they'll always be able to rationalize it away. That they're such good salesmen that even after getting caught, they can still feel like they didn't do anything wrong at all. Overconfidence kills. (also a potential question---why are all the super successful people in this movie all seem to be sociopaths as well? and what is that supposed to mean?)

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



More Like This

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie

We Steal Secrets

We Steal Secrets

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Catching Hell

Catching Hell

No Stone Unturned

No Stone Unturned

Crazy, Not Insane

Crazy, Not Insane

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

Gonzo

Gonzo

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Taxi to the Dark Side

Taxi to the Dark Side

Zero Days

Zero Days

7 Hilarious Cold Opens From "The Office"

Extreme parkour, spilled chili, and way too much baby talk! Head back to Dunder Mifflin and relive the funniest moments that happened before the opening credits of "The Office."

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com