The Outsider
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Filmmaker Nicholas Jarecki offers a celluloid portrait of a cinematic mastermind at work in this documentary shot over an eight month period and following director James Toback through each phase of production of his 2004 thriller When Will I be Loved. From pre-production to final cut, Jarecki follows the existential-minded director through the entire process of making a movie as Toback opens up to the camera to discuss a variety of deeply personal matters and explore just how they have manifested themselves in such films as Love and Money, The Big Bang, and Black and White. Candid interviews… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quite entertaining."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The Outsider, Nicholas Jarecki's starstruck documentary about the writer and director James Toback, is a tragically missed opportunity to illuminate one of the more unusual cinematic talents working today."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Unless you're a fan, don't bother."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"a piece of maddening hero worship"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Little more than a glorified DVD extra."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Jarecki's tour of Toback's world may glean more than probe. But as these kinds of trips go, even looking at the scenery yields fascinating sights and stirs worthwhile curiosity."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Jarecki certainly thinks his subject deserves such an accolade, and he's made a great-looking film to make his case, one that is edited gracefully and briskly -- and leaves the heady aftertaste of birthday cake."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Toback quickly reveals himself as an insufferable, opinionated blowhard who pontificates shamelessly about the art of the cinema while indulging his own obsessions on film."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Shot largely during the production of Toback's feature, When Will I Be Loved, Outsider features extensive interviews with many of Toback's longtime friends and colleagues."
‑ Ethan Alter, Premiere Magazine
"Seeing him at work provides little insight into what kind of man Toback is, or even what kind of director he is."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"As is often the case with Toback's films, even as you're shaking your head at his shameless self-indulgence, you can't help but keep on watching."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Among the great docs about moviemaking."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"Watching The Outsider is like mainlining pure movie love."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"The Outsider doesn't have the edge of a race-conscious James Toback film."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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