Weiner Reviews

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September 26, 2017
You may well watch this movie and think, "Serves him right." Or maybe, "Well, what did he expect?" But you'll probably also come away discouraged about the state of both politicking and the mass media in our times.
October 25, 2016
What Weiner makes painfully clear is the collateral damage of Weiner's actions... To that extent, it's possible to share his politics and still see him as a fatally flawed vessel for them.
July 29, 2016
In the end, it's hard to tell if his downfall is due to blind egotism or suicidal optimism.
July 7, 2016
Horribly compulsive viewing ...
July 6, 2016
The sheer unlikeliness of a politician sharing a name with a slang term for the organ of his undoing reflects the sheer unlikeliness of almost every twist and turn in this fly-on-the-wall thrill ride.
July 1, 2016
A case study in blunt-force media trauma.
June 30, 2016
An astounding chronicle of hubris.
June 9, 2016
[A] fascinating documentary about a disgraced politician trying to claw his way back into the public's good graces, the media's obsession with titillation and confrontation, and a marriage seemingly near collapse under the shock of scandal.
June 3, 2016
A can't-look-away documentary about the trainwreck 2013 mayoral run of her husband, Anthony Weiner.
June 3, 2016
Easily escapes the fading headlines about a botched campaign to become an enduring portrait of a political animal caught in a technological trap.
June 3, 2016
"Weiner" is a thorough examination of modern politics, the 24-hour news cycle and the grind of the campaign trail.
June 2, 2016
The result is a fascinating portrait of a politician - a man who, it seems, doesn't feel that he exists unless someone's looking at him.
May 30, 2016
His vanity and his political flair, his authentic talent and his weakness of character come off as inseparable.
May 29, 2016
It's hard to shake the sense that Weiner's decision to cooperate so fully with the filmmakers emanates from the same place as his online sexual escapades: a horror of having no one there to listen to him, to help fill, moment by moment, some gnawing void.
May 27, 2016
You can't look away, but it's almost painful to watch.
May 27, 2016
There are lots of fly-on-the-wall documentaries. But occasionally there's one that makes you want to ask the fly: Just HOW did you get onto that wall, and how did you manage to stay there?
May 27, 2016
While the documentary is not essential viewing, you're likely to be drawn in if you do decide to watch it, finding yourself engrossed, repulsed, and perplexed in equal measure.
May 26, 2016
As brutal and compelling as a car-crash video.
May 26, 2016
The movie's a galvanizing, tragicomic work of 21st-century schadenfreude, marred only by a barely repressed giddiness on the part of the filmmakers. But why shouldn't they be dazzled by their good fortune?
May 26, 2016
On a thin, slightly soiled dime, "Weiner" pivots from the mother of all comeback stories to an alternately fascinating, mystifying and appalling portrait of the quest for power at its most obsessive and self-destructive.
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