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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby Reviews

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Boyd van Hoeij
January 24, 2012
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2012
At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 16, 2011
There's a reason spies are called spooks; it's as if they have no human essence. If William Colby had one, his son hasn't found it in this film. But he has found the emptiness. And that's something.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 17, 2011
Presumably, Colby would be pleased to know he comes across as neither compelling nor vivid - which in some ways makes him all the more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 28, 2011
To some degree, its subject remains tantalizingly unknowable, even after all the witnesses have taken the stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2011
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2011
A remarkable feat of personalized biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2011
Powerful isn't the word, although shattering may be, for the conclusion that the son reaches at the end of his lonely quest.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 23, 2011
Uniquely personal look at one of the 20th century's most important spy figures.
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Ronnie Scheib
September 23, 2011
Although much of the documentary is given over to its subject's private life... The Man Nobody Knew never feels particularly intimate
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 22, 2011
Carl Colby's smart, fact-packed film "The Man Nobody Knew" operates on many levels, all riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 22, 2011
The Man Nobody Knew is far better with matters of the public record than with matters of the home, which may sum up its subject better than any talking-head interview.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
September 21, 2011
In terms of looking back on a legacy of American skullduggery and high-level shenanigans, its access and acknowledgment of our dark past make for one intimate indictment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Respectful, loving, but never lionizing, Carl's thorough investigation transcends his personal catharsis to become an enduring treatise on how character flaws affect policy.