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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley Reviews

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December 6, 2019
Scene by scene, the documentary spotlights Holmes' unnerving behaviors, shaky voice, and mesmerizing, beautiful eyes to build up the scare factor associated with her power and intelligence.
September 23, 2019
It's a fascinating story of corruption, greed, and fraud.
May 14, 2019
It's not that things aren't interesting, but shaving off some time would have helped keep up the pace.
April 30, 2019
The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin.
April 14, 2019
Filmmaker Alex Gibney delivers a sporadically interesting yet mostly underwhelming documentary that feels like it's missing huge chunks of the story...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2019
It is also a stunning emblem of our delusional, self-aggrandizing, fake-it-till-you-make-it times, a cautionary tale of the tech era and the insidious culture it has created of would-be legends and short-lived genius.
April 12, 2019
The Inventor was a devastating warning of where these unchecked messianic tendencies lead and the lives they can destroy along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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April 12, 2019
[Gibney] shows how Holmes and her supporters pushed the limits of Silicon Valley's culture of risk-taking and overpromising until they created a house of cards that collapsed under close scrutiny.
April 12, 2019
An excellent film is about a defunct biotech start-up, Theranos, and founder Elizabeth Holmes.
April 8, 2019
Gibney stops short of exploring the what-ifs, preferring to examine Holmes as she is, and not as she might have been, but asking some of these questions might have made his latest effort even more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 8, 2019
What lingers most, though, are the closeups of Holmes herself, her unblinking gaze staring back at us, as if even now, and despite all the evidence, she still can't tell the difference between a bona-fide dream and the peril of self-delusion.
April 1, 2019
As documentaries go, Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is mostly pabulum, material that has appeared in books and podcasts since Holmes's ludicrous medical start-up, Theranos, imploded three years ago.
March 29, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley was a perfect contained tale of the now.
March 28, 2019
Holmes' undented belief in her mission is embodied in her odd, unblinking gaze. Our fascination with this eerie disconnect -- this bright blue gap between truth and deception -- is why we keep meeting that gaze. In The Inventor, it's hard to look away.
March 28, 2019
Most interesting were the interviews with the brave whistleblowers who had initially "drunk the Kool-Aid", but eventually walked away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 25, 2019
Astounding as it is entertaining.
March 25, 2019
This documentary has all the makings of an engaging thriller: maverick protagonist on a seemingly noble mission, influential figures and human fallout. But it lacks pace...the story is serious, but it could have been told with a lighter touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 25, 2019
I had read all about this and thought I knew most of it, but watching it unfold is fascinating, if a bit infuriating.
March 22, 2019
The subject matter was so engrossing you almost didn't have to produce a great documentary in order to capture peoples imaginations.
March 22, 2019
Whether Holmes was even an inventor is one question thrown up by the documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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