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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2013
This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2013
This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 19, 2013
Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
September 12, 2013
If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 12, 2013
[An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ...
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Scott MacDonald
AV Club
September 12, 2013
Meltzer hasn't unearthed enough fresh material, and he hasn't dug deeply enough into Darby's near-sociopathic opportunism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
September 11, 2013
Celebrated on the right and pelted with death threats from the radical left, Darby seems like nothing more than a pilot fish: apolitical and self-justifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2013
Activist groups of all stripes will want to see it, but the force of Darby's personality -- a rich stew of righteousness, arrogance and self-delusion -- gives the doc a psychological appeal independent of politics.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 3, 2013
It's an absorbing puzzle with the potential to intrigue viewers all along the political spectrum.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 9, 2013
An unsettling portrait of a charismatic true believer, whose most consistent belief is that he's the hero of a grand narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4