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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
More reverie and meditation than reportage.
100
Entertainment Weekly
Fred Leuchter is just one deluded figure, but by the end of this great and chilling sick-joke documentary he stands as a living icon of the banality of evil.
100
Christian Science Monitor
Morris's unique blend of realism and surrealism gives the film great resonance as a portrait of one eccentric individual and, more important, a study of the morbid proclivities that run beneath the surface of our supposedly civilized society.
89
Austin Chronicle
Seems more like a subtle, elegiac tone poem than an indictment of human banality and the evil that men do.
88
USA Today
With his coolly objective moon's-eye view serving a story that's bizarre by even his long-established career standards, the great documentarian Errol Morris examines the perils of vanity - though others will understandably make more sinister interpretations.
88
Miami Herald
Brings the viewer up close and personal with the face of evil.
88
New York Post
Morris' most gripping film since "The Thin Blue Line," is the year's scariest movie.
88
San Francisco Examiner
Segues from the merely quirky into the bizarrely unthinkable.
81
Mr. Showbiz
Lacks scope and doesn't resonate grandly as a portrait of an American underbelly like Morris' earlier works do. But it still packs a wallop.
80
Errol Morris' characteristically distanced documentary is empathetic without being especially sympathetic.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
(Morris's) strangest and most disturbing portrait yet.

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