The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby Reviews

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June 27, 2019
While not terribly surprising in its revelations, the film does manage to illicit empathy as an intimate portrait of a cold, distant father, struggling to reconcile not only his duplicitous life between work and family but also between work and politics.
January 19, 2012
At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man.
December 16, 2011
There's a reason spies are called spooks; it's as if they have no human essence. If William Colby had one, his son hasn't found it in this film. But he has found the emptiness. And that's something.
December 16, 2011
This is a riveting and important film that does not rest too heavily on the connection between its subject's personal emptiness and the moral failures Colby would come to regret.
December 14, 2011
December 9, 2011
Shows little sign of the deep emotional undercurrents one might expect in a son's treatment of his father, but it does present a clear, incisive yet tantalizingly incomplete portrait of a fascinating and complicated man.
December 2, 2011
Well-constructed, but to little purpose other than the personal.
November 17, 2011
Presumably, Colby would be pleased to know he comes across as neither compelling nor vivid - which in some ways makes him all the more interesting.
November 15, 2011
A great guy? Not really, and fortunately son Carl Colby avoids sentimentalizing his dad.
October 28, 2011
Goes a bit further than that to become a study of American foreign policy and CIA involvement
October 20, 2011
October 14, 2011
...a must-see for anyone interested in what happened from 1945-mid '70s, and why. With fascinating audio tapes from the Kennedy White House, it's a prologue for where we are today.
October 14, 2011
A remarkable feat of personalized biography.
October 13, 2011
Powerful isn't the word, although shattering may be, for the conclusion that the son reaches at the end of his lonely quest.
September 23, 2011
Uniquely personal look at one of the 20th century's most important spy figures.
September 23, 2011
The Man Nobody Knew is a character study that doubles as a history lesson.
September 23, 2011
Fascinating, deeply researched documentary about the long career of elusive CIA spymaster William Colby by his son provides more lessons about how access counts in both espionage and filmmaking.
September 22, 2011
Carl Colby's smart, fact-packed film "The Man Nobody Knew" operates on many levels, all riveting.
September 22, 2011
The Man Nobody Knew is far better with matters of the public record than with matters of the home, which may sum up its subject better than any talking-head interview.
September 21, 2011
In terms of looking back on a legacy of American skullduggery and high-level shenanigans, its access and acknowledgment of our dark past make for one intimate indictment.
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