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The Institute

Not Rated In Theaters 10/4/2013 , 92min.
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Critic score based on 7 reviews

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

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