100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Wu is able to demonstrate both the timelessness and the universality of stories which, on the surface, sound extreme and unique.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
If all this sounds awfully classroom-bound, it isn't -- far from it. Each man's story as he tells it is riveting, truly stranger than fiction, and awesome, too, in the way of unfathomable humans.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Although it takes a while for Yu's thesis to jell, the film makes a lasting impression as it delves into an unfashionable territory: character as fate rather than a function of pharmaceuticals.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
A highly original and at times thrilling use of the documentary medium, and one of the most revealing films about the troubled nature of contemporary manhood I've ever seen.
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80

Film Threat

The film becomes at once an argument for the accuracy of fictional conventions and for the power of true, personal experiences.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Amazingly, no one seems steeped in the salubrious self-explication of therapy. They just sound like very good storytellers.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
At first, the technique seems gimmicky, but finally it's as compelling a perspective as any to understand how these men passed through agony to some sort of peace.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
All four stories are worthwhile, though together they’re an awful lot for one modest doc to cover. Yu’s integration of cinematic and theatrical elements is uneven, and a bit stiff.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While Yu's experimental approach brings valuable insight to the human condition, the interviews themselves too rarely measure up to her ambitious structure.
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Unfortunately, it doesn't work. None of the talking heads is as interesting as Yu thinks they are; and it's difficult to build sympathy for any of them.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.