The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

2019

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

Critics Consensus

Alex Gibey's The Inventor declines to outright condemn the actions by Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, but instead provides a comprehensive overview of the scandal that allows viewers to mull over its implications towards the broader Silicon Valley.

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With a magical new invention that promised to revolutionize blood testing, Elizabeth Holmes became the world's youngest self-made billionaire, heralded as the next Steve Jobs. Then, overnight, her $10-billion-dollar company dissolved. The rise and fall of Theranos is a window into the psychology of fraud.

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  • The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin.

    Apr 30, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • It is also a stunning emblem of our delusional, self-aggrandizing, fake-it-till-you-make-it times, a cautionary tale of the tech era and the insidious culture it has created of would-be legends and short-lived genius.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Sharon Waxman

    TheWrap
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  • [Gibney] shows how Holmes and her supporters pushed the limits of Silicon Valley's culture of risk-taking and overpromising until they created a house of cards that collapsed under close scrutiny.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was a perfect contained tale of the now.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This documentary has all the makings of an engaging thriller: maverick protagonist on a seemingly noble mission, influential figures and human fallout. But it lacks pace...the story is serious, but it could have been told with a lighter touch.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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