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Startup.com (2001)

tomatometer

92

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 7

Startup.com is more than just a look at the rise and fall of the new economy. At its center is a friendship being tested to the limit, and that's what makes it worth viewing.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 3

Startup.com is more than just a look at the rise and fall of the new economy. At its center is a friendship being tested to the limit, and that's what makes it worth viewing.

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Movie Info

Two men discover the perils of going into business with their friends as they observe the rise and fall of their Internet firm over the course of its first (and only) year in this documentary produced by D.A. Pennebaker. Tom Herman and Kaleil Isaza Tuzman first met while they were in high school; they studied business together in college, and they remained close friends after graduating, often bandying about the idea of working together. In May of 1999, they made their dream a reality and opened

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Sep 18, 2001

$0.5M

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Too short of detail to really serve as an object lesson to those who follow in their footsteps.

September 14, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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The pain and puzzlement of its principals as things inexorably fall apart is palpable and saddening.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Talk about your fabulous story arcs.

June 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Astute and entertaining.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Startup.com humanizes the dot-com goldrush that in the last few years has left a handful of millionaires and hundreds of go-for-broke paupers in its wake.

May 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The best movies, it's often said, are happy accidents. Startup.com proves the dictum while being smart and responsive enough to react to the impending train wreck.

May 25, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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puts a definitive face on this brief blip in business history

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Documentary best for teens interested in business.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A compelling and important document of the 'Net's boom and (still-continuing) bust period.

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...an impromptu lesson in power, duty, and betrayal that goes well beyond traditional limitations of celluloid documentaries.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Radar
Daily Radar

This is a very well crafted fly-on-the-wall style documentary.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A fascinating, funny and cautionary look at how a world of group hugs and high fives transforms into night sweats and icy stares.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A gripping study of human nature and a prime example of why business and friendship don't mix

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Let's take advantage of this chance to peer into these paper millionaires' lives and think about what kind of human beings they are and where they went wrong.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

Because the emotions are real, "Startup.com" is filled with powerful suspense and revelations.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Full of dramatic irony, backstabbing, and a seemingly destined fall from grace, it has the trappings of a Shakespearean court tragedy.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

a finely observant job...[a] revealing blink of history

December 15, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Honest, suspenseful and educational.

December 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fascinating story of a friendship and a company under enormous pressure

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Acts as both a caution and a requiem for the enthusiasm and wasted energies of those caught in the middle of the dot.com revolution.

November 20, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

For a film about business it appears to know absolutely nothing about the subject whatsoever.

September 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Distilled from over 400 hours of filmed material, Startup.com offers continued evidence of the essential nature of the documentary format.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Startup.com is essential, entertaining viewing for anyone interested in the dot bomb phenomenon.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Takes what could be a sleep-inducing concept and makes it as compelling as almost any movie currently playing on the big screen.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Doesn't matter if you have no interest in the Internet, high finance or business in general. Startup.com works in purely human terms.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Startup.com

As someone who grew up in Silicon Valley...this movie hits real close to home.
June 15, 2007
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

In terms of it's historical value, this documentary is very good in documenting the whole startup boom, unfortunately I just couldn't keep that interested in the subjects they had chosen.
February 8, 2008
cacutshaw

Super Reviewer

Good doc.
August 11, 2006
KLFilmmaker

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