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88
The real subject of the film is Douglas Bruce sitting on two years of memories and told there is a 95 percent chance that another 30 years may return to him. A lot of people don't want to know when they're going to die. Maybe they wouldn't want to be reborn, either.
88
New York Post
Veers between mystery, comedy, philosophical inquest and medical/psychological drama.
75
The Unknown White Male that Murray has made asks profound questions. They're just not necessarily the right ones.
75
New York Daily News
A fascinating, somewhat frightening documentary.
75
Chicago Tribune
Equally fascinating and frustrating.
75
ReelViews
There's enough drama here to fill two hours. Whether or not that happens, Rupert Murray's account represents fascinating viewing, and the richness of the subject matter more than makes up for the crudeness of some of the visual elements.
70
In terms of "narrative," the film keeps excellent pace, maintains your attention, and educates you on psychological ramifications of memory.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Unknown White Male is framed as a look at the mystery of identity, but there's a bizarre neutrality to the movie, since it makes Bruce's life just as detached and remote to us as it seems to him.
60
Wall Street Journal
The film as a whole has the gravitas of a really thoughtful rock video.
50
While the film raises simple but deeply puzzling questions about memory and identity, the hit-or-miss search for answers by the subject and assorted experts, family and friends is finally unsatisfying.
50
TV Guide
Cushioned by money - which frees him from needing to work and allows him to fly around the world looking for his past - Bruce is attractive and well-spoken but not especially interesting, which leaves a yawning void at the story's center.

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