Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    63
    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. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    90
    Nicholas Jarecki's The Outsider is among the great docs about moviemaking.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    James Toback seems oddly nice in Nicholas Jarecki's delicious cult-of-personality documentary The Outsider.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Jarecki has produced more of a Friar's Club roast than a document, with the negative aspects of the subject made funny, and the positive inflated.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    50
    A tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnS.
    Jun 20, 2006
    10
    amazing film , learned so much about inidie moviemaking and the die-hard spirt. great people in it reveal all.