The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley Reviews

April 30, 2019
The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin.
April 13, 2019
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.
Top Critic
April 12, 2019
[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.
March 29, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was a perfect contained tale of the now.
March 28, 2019
Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away.
March 25, 2019
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.
Top Critic
March 21, 2019
It's so high-gloss -- so weirdly hypnotic -- that neither Gibney nor "The Inventor" can get to the real human behind the image. A shortcoming of the film? Sure, but the only one.
March 20, 2019
The documentary is worth watching for the range of archival footage Gibney dug up, including some from inside Theranos's clandestine headquarters.
March 19, 2019
Gibney urges us to look Holmes in the eyes for two hours.
March 19, 2019
We all want something to believe in-and, as Gibney suggests, if nothing worthy of our belief presents itself, we'll make do with a ripping yarn.
March 19, 2019
Perhaps a ten-hour-long, O.J.: Made in America-style docuseries could satisfyingly address the systematic, cultural context of Elizabeth Holmes; that's not this film by a long shot.
March 18, 2019
Gibney finds himself unable to show why Holmes was such a compelling figure. Instead, the viewer is lost in an endless maze of dry re-enactments and footage from Theranos promos and interviews.
March 15, 2019
The Inventor has an ethereal atmosphere, enhanced in no small way by Will Bates's music, and conforms to Mr. Gibney's usual M.O.
March 14, 2019
Like a lot of Gibney documentaries, it compresses a juicy, complicated story into a smooth, coherent retelling that occasionally glances at that story's deeper implications.
February 4, 2019
Compared to Gibney's previous attack docs, "The Inventor" is more of a second-degree assault, scoring a few direct hits and a fair amount of whiffing at what proves to be a vaporous target.
Top Critic
January 27, 2019
[I]n laying out the trajectory of the Theranos scam, Gibney illuminates the dark side of America's obsession with self-made success, tying its cautionary tale of moxie-without-results into a larger indictment of Silicon Valley.
January 25, 2019
"The Inventor" provides an experience you can't get from the business section.
January 25, 2019
An astonishing case of idealism morphing into egomania.