Unknown White Male
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Douglas Bruce was a British expatriate living in New York City who in the early morning hours of July 3, 2003, found himself on a subway train heading toward Coney Island, with no memory of who he was, where he lived, or how he ended up on the subway. Bruce ended up asking a policeman for help, and was checked into the psychiatric ward at Coney Island Hospital. As doctors struggled to find out what had happened to him, he was admitted simply as "unknown white male." In time, a phone number in Bruce's wallet led doctors to a friend who identified him, but he himself still had… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It doesn't help Bruce's cause that he is seen in archive footage to have been a smug, arrogant fellow; it's tempting to imagine that his memory has abandoned him in exasperation. A case of amnesia as overdue self-discovery, perhaps?"
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The whole movie feels sorta like a snow job."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Whether the story is true or not does have a bearing on how good you think it is."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"That the fugue-state victim is movie-star handsome doesn't hurt the appeal of the film at all, both from a commercial and empathetic viewpoint."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Amnesia has been a staple of movies from time immemorial, but few, if any, of them have cut to the bone the way this modest documentary does."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Given that this retrograde memory loss has cleansed Doug Bruce's perceptions and made him an altogether more open and emotional person, Unknown White Male suggests that amnesia could be the ultimate chicken soup for the soul."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Unknown White Male has moments you won't forget, appropriate praise for a documentary about amnesia."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"I found this unsettling story to be gripping."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unknown White Male picks up where films like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leave off, examining the larger implications and aftereffects of memory loss instead of primarily employing it (however effectively) as a plot device."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Another intriguing tale of retrograde memory loss."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"In the end, it fails to offer any insight into the philosophical question it poses."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"The Unknown White Male that Murray has made asks profound questions. They're just not necessarily the right ones."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Doug's story is endlessly fascinating, the sort of thing that leaves you thinking about it for days."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Essentially Nature vs. Nurture: The Movie."
‑ Matt Pais, Metromix.com
"A fascinating documentary, which traces the process by which its subject learns about his 'old' self, whilst adjusting to an invigorated everyday existence."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
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