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The Outsider

The Outsider (2006)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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An inside look at what it means to be a life-long independent filmmaker. Filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki follows legendary writer/director James Toback (Fingers, The Gambler, Two Girls and a Guy, Bugsy, etc) through the insane making of his latest film, "When Will I Be Loved" starring Neve Campbell. All phases of Toback's wild filmmaking journey are chronicled as he shoots his movie in 12 days without a script and battles to get it distributed.

Sep 18, 2007

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (5)

Quite entertaining.

July 11, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Jarecki's tour of Toback's world may glean more than probe. But as these kinds of trips go, even looking at the scenery yields fascinating sights and stirs worthwhile curiosity.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The Outsider, Nicholas Jarecki's starstruck documentary about the writer and director James Toback, is a tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.

June 15, 2006
New York Times
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Jarecki certainly thinks his subject deserves such an accolade, and he's made a great-looking film to make his case, one that is edited gracefully and briskly -- and leaves the heady aftertaste of birthday cake.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Among the great docs about moviemaking.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Unless you're a fan, don't bother.

June 17, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Toback quickly reveals himself as an insufferable, opinionated blowhard who pontificates shamelessly about the art of the cinema while indulging his own obsessions on film.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Watching The Outsider is like mainlining pure movie love.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: CHUD

a piece of maddening hero worship

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source:

Shot largely during the production of Toback's feature, When Will I Be Loved, Outsider features extensive interviews with many of Toback's longtime friends and colleagues.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The Outsider doesn't have the edge of a race-conscious James Toback film.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Little more than a glorified DVD extra.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Seeing him at work provides little insight into what kind of man Toback is, or even what kind of director he is.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Outsider

Fun doc for fans of and those employed in the film biz. Some very interesting and candid interviews with various highly quotable artists. Starts off as a too-glamorized portrait of Toback, but then evolves into interesting as we watch how the man works and witness that distributing an indie personal flick is always hell, especially, and even, for this man. It was enjoyable but not a breakthrough composition in terms of the film, sort of just standard fare biopic montage of interviews and old photos with the main thread of the piece being the documentarian's footage of Toback's then newest adventure in film-making.
August 20, 2010

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