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James Toback, a director who has spent several decades making movies on the edge of the mainstream, candidly discusses his career in this documentary that focuses on the making of his 2004 film "When Will I Be Loved" With commentary from a diverse roster of observers and actors, including Woody Allen and Harvey Keitel, the film sheds light on Toback's no-nonsense shooting style and the colorful lifestyle that informs his scripts for movies like "The Pick-up Artist" and "Fingers."

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Critic Reviews for The Outsider

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (6)

  • Quite entertaining.

    July 11, 2006
  • Jarecki's tour of Toback's world may glean more than probe. But as these kinds of trips go, even looking at the scenery yields fascinating sights and stirs worthwhile curiosity.

    June 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching.

    June 16, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Outsider, Nicholas Jarecki's starstruck documentary about the writer and director James Toback, is a tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.

    June 15, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • Jarecki certainly thinks his subject deserves such an accolade, and he's made a great-looking film to make his case, one that is edited gracefully and briskly -- and leaves the heady aftertaste of birthday cake.

    June 15, 2006
  • Among the great docs about moviemaking.

    June 13, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Outsider

  • Aug 20, 2010
    Fun doc for fans of and those employed in the film biz. Some very interesting and candid interviews with various highly quotable artists. Starts off as a too-glamorized portrait of Toback, but then evolves into interesting as we watch how the man works and witness that distributing an indie personal flick is always hell, especially, and even, for this man. It was enjoyable but not a breakthrough composition in terms of the film, sort of just standard fare biopic montage of interviews and old photos with the main thread of the piece being the documentarian's footage of Toback's then newest adventure in film-making.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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