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  • Summary: In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reformIn 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years. Collapse

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 29, 2014
    88
    As agenda-driven as Documented is, it also is a deeply engrossing self-portrait.
  2. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Apr 30, 2014
    70
    The autobiography and the politics don’t always fit together perfectly. Vargas has been extremely successful in his profession by any standard, and that success can tend to push him into the foreground to such an extent that the collective issues he’s talking about get erased. Vargas is aware of this, and works against it to some degree.
  3. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Apr 22, 2014
    70
    Vargas lingers for long stretches over his personal story and his complicated relationship with his mother, still in the Philippines -- a place he dare not visit for fear of being unable to return. But his story is a vivid illustration of the pickle we're in.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 1, 2014
    70
    Advocacy filmmaking that also manages to succeed in pulling heartstrings.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 1, 2014
    50
    His strategy is political — in a meaningful way — but not cinematic.
  6. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    May 8, 2014
    50
    Documented is obviously a bit of advocacy filmmaking, which is fine, but most of the time it's not compelling enough to reach beyond the converted.
  7. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    May 8, 2014
    40
    The film blurs lines between documentary, reality television and "Candid Camera," with Vargas instigating the proceedings.

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