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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12

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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
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 26, 2015
    80
    Essential viewing for anyone interested in what freedom of information means in the digital age, this passionate, fascinating, unapologetically partial but fair documentary celebrates Aaron Swartz.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Jul 3, 2014
    75
    What it lacks in cinematic girth, it makes up for in factual appeal.