The Mystery Of DB Cooper Reviews

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January 16, 2021
A fascinating true-crime documentary that is as perplexing in its mystery as it is entertaining in its execution.
December 31, 2020
It wasn't a film about the identity of DB Cooper, but about the power of myth, the unreliability of memory and our desperation to believe in something.
December 31, 2020
HBO's treatment of the evergreen saga remains fresh, fun, and all-consuming.
December 31, 2020
There is no rancor, judgment or patronizing in the telling, but it keeps its sense of humor without losing its drama or suspense.
December 31, 2020
Dower wisely knows that he's not going to solve this case that even the FBI couldn't crack, and instead broadens his perspective into what the Cooper case means to people and why this unsolved mystery has such enduring power.
December 31, 2020
This terrific Storyville from John Dower picks apart what became a Robin Hood story and hears from retired FBI agents involved the in case, and the friends and family members of a handful of suspects.
December 30, 2020
Dower succumbs to some of the more annoying trappings of such informational documentaries, but overall this is compelling.
December 16, 2020
A wild tale, full of eccentric characters...
December 14, 2020
I was left with two thoughts: evidence, without any additional motive or context, is not as it says; and all Americans want to be, briefly, acknowledged for their life, preferably on screen.
December 9, 2020
highly entertaining in the way it interweaves all of the possibilities, tantalizing us with the all-too-convincing clues that pinpoint the various suspects as Cooper
December 7, 2020
Puts the known facts and a collection of the best theories through their paces over a well-calibrated 85 minutes.
December 3, 2020
Writer/director John Dower's documentary is simply content to revel in the unknowability of its story. To that end, it's a tantalizing look at a case that stymies conclusions at every turn.
December 3, 2020
[A] fascinating look at the people who still, so many years later, insist on sharing their truth. Maybe the best part of the whole thing is this: Only one of them (if any) can be right, but it's easy to believe them all.
December 1, 2020
With so much material, it's hard to steer the narrative... The Mystery of D.B. Cooper skillfully sketches out the details of the crime without fully capturing what makes the case so appealing to obsessives.
November 30, 2020
An interesting, indirect (but unmissable) documentary account of confirmation bias.
November 27, 2020
Dower isn't so much concerned with proving that they're all lying but rather that they all might be telling their own personal truth. He argues that the mystery of D.B. Cooper means so much to their psyche, their family history, their own sense of self.
November 26, 2020
Tells an engrossing tale of nefarious derring-do and the power of belief, with the hook of lost cash.
November 26, 2020
It's fascinating and a lot of fun, but in a larger sense it speaks to the reason why people get fascinated with a story like this.
November 26, 2020
An engaging addition to the 'unsolved mysteries' genre that demonstrates how obsessive a desire to solve a tantalizing puzzle can become.
November 25, 2020
The Mystery of D.B. Cooper is more interested in exploring the need for modern myth-making than in supplying answers and in that regard, it is a success.
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