The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)

A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

At once a deeply personal film and an important historical document, The Man Nobody Knew leaves us with an incomplete portrait of a man.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

To some degree, its subject remains tantalizingly unknowable, even after all the witnesses have taken the stand.

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Nell Minow

This is a riveting and important film that does not rest too heavily on the connection between its subject's personal emptiness and the moral failures Colby would come to regret.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There's a reason spies are called spooks; it's as if they have no human essence. If William Colby had one, his son hasn't found it in this film. But he has found the emptiness. And that's something.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader


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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Shows little sign of the deep emotional undercurrents one might expect in a son's treatment of his father, but it does present a clear, incisive yet tantalizingly incomplete portrait of a fascinating and complicated man.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Presumably, Colby would be pleased to know he comes across as neither compelling nor vivid - which in some ways makes him all the more interesting.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A remarkable feat of personalized biography.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It takes far too long for "The Man Nobody Knew" to get to the point.

Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
To be honest, "The Man Nobody Knew" is not the quite the documentary I was expecting. While this is not entirely a bad thing(there is some great use… More