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Terms And Conditions May Apply Reviews

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Marc Mohan

Examines how companies manipulate customers into giving them what they want -- namely, information about their users.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

November 5, 2013
Dustin Putman

A riveting, fast-paced documentary about our increasing lack of privacy in a world overrun by social media, "Terms and Conditions May Apply" is skillfully pieced together like a first-rate thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2013
Philip Brown
Globe and Mail
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Not just a documentary about Internet privacy, but a non-fiction horror flick for anyone who blindly agrees to user licensing agreements online (a.k.a. everyone).

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Disturbing and enraging. It raises awareness about the searing topic of invasion of privacy in an entertaining, easy-to-follow fashion that includes comic relief and doesn't resort to merely one talking head after another.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.2/10

August 7, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

Terms and Conditions May Apply takes an interesting turn when it delves into the subject of government eavesdropping on private citizens. Turns out Big Brother and big business are in bed together.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2013
Elias Savada
Film Threat

Your brain will be overflowing with information by the end of this short 79-minute exercise. Taxing? Perhaps. Entertaining. Yes...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 30, 2013
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

One of the most important and eye-opening films of the year, a brisk compendium of the ways the websites and web businesses we all use exploit our personal data.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 19, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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The term "opting in" suggests a matter of choice. But as the thoughtful and spirited documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" makes chillingly clear, choices are few for netizens.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2013
Brent Simon

An engaging and rather scary nonfiction look at the death-by-papercut of online privacy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 16, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Nobody reads the terms-and-conditions of Web sites. They're designed to discourage us from doing so... and there's a reason why.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

July 15, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

Even given the shapelessness of the picture, Hoback does the best he can in providing an imperfect timeline to a possibly worsening issue.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

July 12, 2013
Louis Proyect

This film makes you understand why a whistle-blower like Edward Snowden emerged. The incestuous relationship between the Facebooks of the world and the NSA will certainly lead to a Stasi-like police state unless an aroused population takes action.

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July 12, 2013
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Important docu about how digital companies use private data.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2013
Trey Graham
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A quietly appalled we-really-oughta-do something documentary ...

Full Review Source: NPR

July 11, 2013
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

Terms and Conditions May Apply encourages viewers to think more critically about the massive spying infrastructure being built underneath the seemingly free, benign social playgrounds that they digitally inhabit.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The title of "Terms and Conditions May Apply" is unlikely to excite, but the content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer.

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

July 11, 2013
Brian Orndorf

Insightful and swiftly edited, this is eye-opening work, even without a proper crescendo to leave viewers enraged and freshly paranoid.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 11, 2013
Scott MacDonald
AV Club
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Terms And Conditions may not be a particularly well-made doc, but it provides a much-needed wake-up call.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

July 11, 2013
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Urgent without being alarmist, important without being dry. See this film before you click "I agree" again.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 9, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It presents a terrifying reality -- the future is now! -- where all of the things we consider to be personal and private in our lives are easily accessible to anyone anywhere with a few clicks of a keyboard

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

July 1, 2013
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