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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. Jul 29, 2014
    9
    Watched this a recently and was moved by the story. Swartz story could be seen as a cautionary tale. This film seemed more focused than Knappenberger's previous documentary about Anonymous. Both must-sees for the Internet generation and anyone interested in the current politics of information technology. Great filmmaker, can't wait to see what's next.
  2. Feb 19, 2015
    5
    The audio in this film is atrocious. I had to stop about 20 minutes in and make a major equalization just so those watching could understand the dialogue. No closed-captioning, which is an industry standard (almost all low-budget films have closed-captioning) and no subtitles, again an industry standard. These penny-pinching Scrooges have done a great discredit to the memory of AaronThe audio in this film is atrocious. I had to stop about 20 minutes in and make a major equalization just so those watching could understand the dialogue. No closed-captioning, which is an industry standard (almost all low-budget films have closed-captioning) and no subtitles, again an industry standard. These penny-pinching Scrooges have done a great discredit to the memory of Aaron Swartz and he certainly deserved better. Shame on them. The film was a 10 but a great story with words you can't understand is a zero. I give it a 5. Expand
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jul 4, 2014
    50
    In The Internet's Own Boy, writer-director Brian Knappenberger ("We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists") paints a portrait of Swartz as a martyr for the information age, but ultimately the story falls short of such mythic ambition.
  2. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Jul 3, 2014
    75
    What it lacks in cinematic girth, it makes up for in factual appeal.
  3. Reviewed by: Simon Houpt
    Jun 27, 2014
    75
    Delivers a touching, morally outraged portrait that, in memory of Swartz, may inspire people to ask hard questions about how the new world is being shaped away from view, behind closed doors.