80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
An intriguing look at the effects on one man's life; whether they're worth the cost is something Steinbauer leaves up to us.
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80

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
The director wants him to engage his "audience," but Rebney -- as misanthropic as one would expect of a man who lives alone in a remote rural cabin -- only wants to talk about politics.
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75

Washington Post

Entertaining and thoughtful documentary.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A highly entertaining first-person documentary .
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Although we find out a lot about this virtual hermit and develop an admiration for his cantankerous principles, the movie leaves some questions unanswered.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
An earnest and occasionally poignant attempt to penetrate Rebney's potent man-on-fire image and explore the impact of becoming an Internet sideshow.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A film that starts out as a gimmick but winds up as a genuinely touching character study, though one does wonder whether that is what the filmmaker initially intended.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
People might have laughed at the old Jack Rebney, but they were laughing at themselves as well. And counting their blessings. Everyone has a cranky side. Unlike Mr. Rebney's, it isn't usually gawked at by 20 million people.
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The only real tension the documentary has, once Steinbauer has his first meeting with Rebney, is whether the filmmaker is celebrating him more than exploiting him.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A little movie with a lot of hilarious swearing and an unexpectedly big heart.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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