The Outsider
The Outsider (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 16, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Quite entertaining.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The Outsider is a first film and it comes with all the problems of a novice effort. It needs a firmer hand in the editing room and misses much of the point about what makes Toback so much an outsider in the Hollywood system.

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Gene Seymour

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.

John Anderson

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.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Unless you're a fan, don't bother.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

Rob Nelson
Village Voice

Among the great docs about moviemaking.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Fun doc for fans of and those employed in the film biz. Some very interesting and candid interviews with various highly quotable artists. Starts off as a… More