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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2013
Mystery is part of the appeal.
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
October 17, 2013
You're unsure if he's a Werner Erhard-style huckster or a Silicon Alley tub-thumper about to do a product launch. That uncertainty mirrors the players' nervous yet giddy involvement.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
October 17, 2013
You leave the film not knowing what to believe, and while that can be frustrating, you're also left with an undeniable urge -- even if it's a tiny one -- to find out more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
October 17, 2013
All of which is genuinely interesting, even if you find incomprehensible the idea of devoting significant portions of your waking time and energy to what is, more than anything, an elaborate scavenger hunt.
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Peter Keough
Seattle Times
October 17, 2013
Doesn't always distinguish between fact and fiction, about an interesting social and artistic experiment.
| Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 13, 2013
Slickly edited and initially intriguing, but it lacks something that's a requirement for the vast majority of documentaries: revealing insights about its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
October 10, 2013
"The Institute" stumbles between documentary and exploratory simulation, at once confusing and pedantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
October 10, 2013
It's a divisive, shadowy conversation-starter of a movie that's as much fun to talk and think about as it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
Eventually, the documentary's limited perspective becomes a liability when the screen goes dark and we're left with more questions than answers. Adventures only take us so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 7, 2013
Director Spencer McCall's film takes the shape of an amusing portrait of the times.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
October 7, 2013
Rarely have I felt so absorbed by a movie about people I found so incredibly annoying.
Mark Bell
Film Threat
October 7, 2013
The film fascinates me, especially because, in all honesty, I'm not really the type of person who would've taken that initial step to play the game in the first place. Then again, based on watching the film, I may be playing right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
October 4, 2013
I don't care how much of it is real and how much is nonsense. It's just a fun, clever film about looking at the world from a different angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2013
McCall does a skillful job of reconstructing this hipster-centric game, though much of the proceedings still come off as one of those "you had to be there" affairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2013
A lazily constructed documentary that doesn't hide first-time director Spencer McCall's admitted lack of understanding for his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike Scott
April 11, 2013
One of the growing number of documentaries occupying that "elsewhere" separating fact and fiction, it is playful but profound stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
July 8, 2014
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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