The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Synopsis
The life and work of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year...

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a film that left me marveling at Swartz’s beautiful mind, and shaking my head at the insanity of the system he knew was badly...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
All but a must-see for anyone who knows enough to care about the way laws govern information transfer in the digital age, Brian...
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90

Variety

By Geoff Berkshire
The Internet’s Own Boy is a beautifully crafted film that opens a window on a world not everyone has entered yet, and exposes ways in which...
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Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Brian Knappenberger's The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz connects the dots of Swartz's past, assembling a vivid portrait of...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Delivers a touching, morally outraged portrait that, in memory of Swartz, may inspire people to ask hard questions about how the new world...
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RogerEbert.com

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Aaron Swartz’s story should make you furious. In an era when real criminals of our financial crisis ride limousines to dine with the...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Knappenberger can’t paint his subject as an imperfect human being because Swartz simply means too much to too many people right now. He’s a...
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75

RogerEbert.com

By Brian Tallerico
Aaron Swartz’s story should make you furious. In an era when real criminals of our financial crisis ride limousines to dine with the...
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75

indieWIRE

Knappenberger has delivered a film brimming with outrage, whose zeal becomes persuasive once Swartz takes on his activist mantle.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Nick Prigge
The film is far from a technical matter, fiercely promoting Swartz's legacy and challenging us with the same questions its central subject...
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Great

By UssCyclopse
Can't Wait for the Sequel!!!...

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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Docu focuses on activist's passion for open access to info.
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