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

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At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man.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.
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.
October 28, 2011
To some degree, its subject remains tantalizingly unknowable, even after all the witnesses have taken the stand.
October 20, 2011
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
Although much of the documentary is given over to its subject's private life... The Man Nobody Knew never feels particularly intimate
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.
September 20, 2011
Respectful, loving, but never lionizing, Carl's thorough investigation transcends his personal catharsis to become an enduring treatise on how character flaws affect policy.