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  • Summary: The Outsider, a feature-length documentary from first-time writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, is a film about film, specifically, the power of film to create, to move, and to endure. It follows one of America’s most obsessive and intriguing filmmakers, James Toback, writer/director of 11 movies. Filmed over an 8-month period, The Outsider follows Toback through all phases of the making of his new film (shooting, editing, scoring, and release). The result is a surprising and highly entertaining examination of an industry that is changing and a man struggling against great odds to define a place within it. (Green Room Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. An ideal introduction to Toback's output as well as a welcome elucidation for longtime fans. Apart from those worthy functions, The Outsider is also shrewdly made, illuminating its subject in a variety of settings and, at times, subtly assuming the style of Toback's films.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Nicholas Jarecki's The Outsider is among the great docs about moviemaking.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    James Toback seems oddly nice in Nicholas Jarecki's delicious cult-of-personality documentary The Outsider.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    Jarecki seems all too eager to buy into Toback's depiction of himself as the ultimate Hollywood outsider. Try telling that to the independent filmmakers who aren't on a first-name basis with Warren Beatty.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    A tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.
  7. 25
    Toback quickly reveals himself as an insufferable, opinionated blowhard who pontificates shamelessly about the art of the cinema while indulging his own obsessions on film.

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  1. JohnS.
    Jun 20, 2006
    amazing film , learned so much about inidie moviemaking and the die-hard spirt. great people in it reveal all.