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Based on 7 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A ludicrous, yet oddly engaging documentary. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The film will frustrate viewers who insist on knowing which interviewees are recounting real experiences and which are perpetuating fictions hatched by the game's creator, Jeff Hull. But mystery is part of the appeal. show more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine

    A lazily constructed documentary that doesn't hide first-time director Spencer McCall's admitted lack of understanding for his subject. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    It’s compelling throughout, and profoundly moving at times, even when it rings false, which is often. It’s a divisive, shadowy conversation-starter of a movie that’s as much fun to talk and think about as it is to watch. show more

  • 70
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    Complaints that there's too little here about how the Jejune Institute was hatched or what it all may have meant matter little in the face of the one great thing The Institute does offer: a record of the mad invention of the game's masterminds. show more

  • 60
    Inkoo Kang Los Angeles Times

    Because The Institute is largely framed as if the viewer were a co-player in Jejune's game, the film is an experience that's fun and frustrating in equal measure. show more

  • 50
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

    The Institute stumbles between documentary and exploratory simulation, at once confusing and pedantic. show more

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