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Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room

  R Closed Captioning

Alex Gibney

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Plot Summary

Writer/director Alex Gibney examines the rise and fall of an infamous corporate juggernaut in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Based on the book by Fortune Magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film explores the lengths to which the company went in order to appear incredibly profitable, and reveals how Kenneth Lay, Jeff Skilling, and other execs managed to keep their riches, while thousands of lower-level employees saw their loyalty repaid with the loss of their jobs and retirement funds.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 117
  • Fresh: 114
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's not an indictment, so much. It's more like a mirror. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Working in a slick, high-gloss style, director Alex Gibney presents the lurid Enron essentials in a film that will have you shaking your head in disbelief and dismay. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Go see it before you buy another stock you don't understand. Go see it before you bank your retirement on the company pension fund. Go see it before you vote in another election. – Michael Booth, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

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Customer Reviews

This documentary is AMAZING

I've watched it about 20 times, and every time I pick up on something new. Everyone should see this movie.

Very well done

I really enjoyed this...very informative and credible. This whole thing understandably angers most of us. By watching this film you develop a clear understanding of how big a farce these executives were living. Real footage of internal employee rallys, sales training videos and former employee interviews contribute to a thorough timeline of events as they unfold. These guys just made it ALL up and said things were great - even when they were hemorrhaging into a downward spiral...that in itself is what boggles the mind - Grandeurs of Delusion on a stratospheric level. Great film.

Truly worth watching.. Twice..

My business professor first viewed this film to our class in college. I loved it when I first saw it, and still love it after several viewings. There are many lessons to be taken from this documentary, it really is worth watching. The Enron story is a true tragedy.

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