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  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Spitzer was undone by his zipper, but as Client 9 makes clear, he was also undone by his refusal - or inability - to make nice with some of the state's most powerful characters. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Say what you will about Eliot Spitzer, he's a marvelous subject for a documentary, and Alex Gibney has made a film worthy of him. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Client 9 speaks plenty of truth - about politics, power, human nature - even if you don't buy into the hit-job hypothesis. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    In retelling the still-astonishing story of the political career of Eliot Spitzer, a shooting star whose spectacular crash might forever obscure his accomplishments, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney has all the ingredients for a potboiler: greed, corruption, sex, power, overweening ambition and jaw-dropping hubris. show more

  • 75
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    As Gibney and Spitzer are at pains to point out, it's a story as old as Icarus: Man rises to power; man makes enemies; man gets greedy and is undone. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Client 9 doesn't make any excuses for Spitzer, who is interviewed extensively in the film and who wisely insists that he alone is responsible for his fate. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    At times Client 9 feels frustratingly incomplete. Gibney hints at a conspiracy among Spitzer's enemies but is unable to fully substantiate this thesis. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    When Spitzer resigned, they broke out champagne on the stock exchange trading floor. Shame on them. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Gibney has too much information, too much material, and too many people to shape a mystery or a drama or even a farce out of it all. His movie has elements of all three without ever sustaining one. show more

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