Owen Gleiberman
November 03, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
11/05/10
director
Alex Gibney
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

Sex, hubris, money, politics, black socks, conspiracy: Alex Gibney’s documentary Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer deepens the saga of New York’s former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was. Spitzer, almost three years after he was caught soliciting escorts, comes off as chastened but still regal, like a hawkeyed Jewish Kennedy. The film portrays him as a man brought down by his private peccadilloes — but also by his spiky fearlessness about making enemies. B+

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