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Garbo: The Spy Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2011
Edmon Roch spins a zippy yarn of Pujol's improbable exploits from archival footage, talking heads, and clips from classic espionage dramas.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2011
An engrossing documentary that is itself largely a work of the director's imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2011
Director Edmon Roch makes some smart conceptual choices that honor his subject's self-invention and mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 18, 2011
Fascinating though it is, the movie is thin on historical materials.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2011
Doc's incredible tale of WWII espionage would likely work better as a feature film.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
November 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 17, 2011
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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
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.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2011
How does one make a documentary about a cipher? In "Garbo the Spy," Roch solves that problem, and magnificently so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4