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8.5

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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. 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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    James Toback seems oddly nice in Nicholas Jarecki's delicious cult-of-personality documentary The Outsider.