Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

Throughout his work, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has sought out characters lost in their own eccentric worlds, and he has managed to convey their sense of wonder with their passion, be it a topiary gardener arguing the merits of hand… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 29, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mr. Death outlines its subject's controversial life's work with the deeply fascinating and thought-provoking élan film fans have come to expect from director Errol Morris.

Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

Morris provides plenty of evidence to refute Leuchter's conclusions, but he is more interested in the character of Leuchter himself, and in the workings of Leuchter's mind - which, when all is said and done, remain as mysterious as they ever were.

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James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

Despite its morbid subject, this documentary is far funnier than one would expect.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A bizarre documentary about the worship of technique and the dangers of self-delusion.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Morris, com sua habilidade narrativa habitual, conta a interessante mas incômoda história de um homem destruído pela própria ignorância.

Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff

As Errol Morris shows us how this strange little man got into the execution business and Holocaust denial, we should ask ourselves: Did we create 'Mr. Death'? Is he us?

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Tom Block
culturevulture.net

...probes at our moral and psychological blind spots, at the limited and self-reinforcing nature of our vision.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Fascinating stuff.

James Rocchi
Netflix

Unsettling documentary is a gripping study of the banality of evil.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Morris uses montages of expert testimony, neo Nazis, Holocaust activists, and forensic scientists along with wacky interview footage to give a truly intimate picture

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Interesting study of Fred Leuchter's underwhelming career, poor judgement and antisemitic reasoning.
Christopher Brown
Amazing look at an outsider, and the choices he makes to be accepted, no matter by whom. Disturbing and sad, this is a truly great film about lonliness and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Mr. Death" is an Errol Morris documentary about Fred Leuchter. Mr. Leuchter is an engineer by trade who specialized… More
Wu Chouin
Fascinating look into the life of a man who designed execution equipment. He also somehow gets convinced to help disprove gas chambers during the holocaust.
John Ballantine
Wow! Great early effort by Errol Morris and we can see how his effective documentary tools were developed here. Leuchter probably gets more attention that he… More
Kit X
There is footage of an elephant being electrocuted