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Garbo: The Spy Reviews

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Edmon Roch spins a zippy yarn of Pujol's improbable exploits from archival footage, talking heads, and clips from classic espionage dramas.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 8, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An engrossing documentary that is itself largely a work of the director's imagination.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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Director Edmon Roch makes some smart conceptual choices that honor his subject's self-invention and mystery.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 24, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Doc's incredible tale of WWII espionage would likely work better as a feature film.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 18, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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Edmon Roch has a great story to tell in "Garbo the Spy," and he recounts it with the flair of a Hollywood spy movie: "Garbo" is dramatic, entertaining, even funny in parts.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 17, 2011
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Pulling Garbo's story from Roch's film requires considerable effort. The director takes a cinema verite approach to historical material, which never works, and forgoes narration.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 17, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Garbo: The Spy can only suggest who Garcia really was, and why he took it upon himself to fell a tyrant. But even without the fine psychological shading, Garcia's story is a doozy.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

November 17, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The jarring juxtapositions only heighten the enigmatic air of the film's subject; even when he's right in front of us, he seems to be plotting his next wily act.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 15, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Some of this footage feels like filler, but Roch's concept is strong: He's creating a dialogue between the fictions Pujol created to help win the war and the fictions Hollywood created to memorialize that victory.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2011
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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How does one make a documentary about a cipher? In "Garbo the Spy," Roch solves that problem, and magnificently so.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2011
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