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3.8
323 Ratings

Weiner

United States, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

Deftly teeters the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family.

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Weiner Directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Documentary (Grand Jury Prize)

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Documentary

It’s one of the sharpest films ever made about the nitty-gritty, everyday experience of a political campaign, albeit in this case an exceptionally strange one… It’s Spinal Tap-level hilarious, though in that sucking-on-a-lemon comedy-of-humiliation way. Also, obviously, This Is Spinal Tap was scripted, while Weiner isn’t: the filmmakers caught lightning in a bottle, intending, as they had been initially, to simply document Weiner’s attempt at a political comeback.
December 03, 2016
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Reviewing “Weiner” for The Times when it opened theatrically in May, Stephen Holden called it “infuriating and depressing but rivetingly watchable” — a phrase that characterizes the movie’s subject as well. Mr. Weiner is an articulate man with many ideas and a grievous lack of self-knowledge, a schoolyard show-off seemingly driven by an overwhelming desire for public adulation.
September 30, 2016
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Close watchers of New York and Democratic politics won’t find much to startle them; they have long filed away the Weiner saga in the deep annals of once-promising political careers snuffed out. Casual watchers may have a different reaction, and feel the buzz Kriegman and Steinberg are seeking. But the film’s most interesting and unintended surprise is that Weiner turns out to be a perceptive film critic…
August 23, 2016
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