Voyeur (2017)


Critic Consensus: Absorbing, unpredictable, and overall compelling, Voyeur is a singularly unusual -- and utterly memorable -- documentary experience.


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Gerald Foos bought a motel in Colorado in the 1960s, furnished the room with louvered vents that allowed him to spy on his guests, and kept a journal of their sexual encounters...among other things. As writer Gay Talese, who had known Foos for more than three decades, came close to the publication of his book The Voyeur's Motel (preceded by an excerpt in The New Yorker), factual discrepancies in Foos's account emerged, and documentarians Kane and Koury were on hand to record some wild encounters between the veteran New York journalist and his enigmatic subject. A Netflix release.

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Critic Reviews for Voyeur

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

The result is a remarkable profiling of two people who, Voyeur suggests, have far more in common than either would imagine.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

These cameramen are journalists.

Dec 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The documentary is fascinating in an admittedly prurient way for the first half or so, then shifts and becomes compelling in an even larger, more relevant context.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In that discomfortingly close range between the unlikeliest of friends, and between rapture and repulsion, the film finds its compelling edge.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Uneven but often strangely compelling.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The question of what exactly to do with all this material escapes the filmmakers, just as it did Talese.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Voyeur


An intriguing documentary that peeks at the creepy real story of a narcissistic voyeur who wanted to be like God and have the power to secretly watch other people's lives, and it becomes fascinating as inconsistencies begin to appear and we wonder what is true and false in his claims.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Could have been a bit longer and a bit less self important. That being said, it deserves a lot of credit for making both Gerald Foos and Gay Talese look absolutely pathetic by the end.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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