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  • Summary: Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 Million Dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white collar crime spree remarkable. “Unraveled” is set in the “purgatory” of house arrest, an upper East Side penthouse, where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day. The film weaves Dreier’s struggle to prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented access, “Unraveled” exposes a mastermind of criminal deception. (Go Digital) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 12, 2012
    90
    Bolstered by animated re-enactments and Bob Richman's frosty cinematography, Unraveled is a mesmerizing one-man dive into narcissism, entitlement and unchecked greed.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 12, 2012
    88
    Marc H. Simon's documentary has the thrust of a great American noir or black comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Apr 10, 2012
    70
    The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 13, 2012
    60
    If Simon's hands-off approach precludes a thorough stock-taking of Dreier's misdeeds - numbers alone hardly tell the full story - the movie's subject obligingly avails himself of the ample rope.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Apr 10, 2012
    40
    It's a fascinating fishbowl in concept, yet Simon's storytelling is unevenly textured and oddly listless - fatal for a film about a banal document - pushing felon clock-watching to a known outcome.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 10, 2012
    40
    In allowing Dreier to shape his own narrative, too many lame excuses are allowed to pass, as the financial schemer spins his own story dangerously close to self-pity.

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