Protagonist Synopsis
A former terrorist, an evangelist, a bank robber, and a martial artist discuss their personal odysseys.
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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...
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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:...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For language