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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 25
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 90
    Village Voice

    Nicholas Jarecki's The Outsider is among the great docs about moviemaking. show more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture)

    James Toback seems oddly nice in Nicholas Jarecki's delicious cult-of-personality documentary The Outsider. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    The New York Times

    A tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today. show more

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