Documentary featuring a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the attempted comeback of Anthony Weiner in 2013 as he mounts a campaign for New York City mayor in the wake of his sexting scandal. Featuring unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign.
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★★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
Hardly just an opportunistic snapshot of a celebrity's public implosion, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's inside look at the spectacular failure of Anthony Weiner's 2013 mayoral campaign in New York is one of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal. A passionate fighter for the middle class who nuked his career by accidentally tweeting a selfie of his bulge, the indefatigable Weiner is nothing less than a true American tragedy — but this hilarious and humbling portrait rightly sees him as so much more. At once a portrait of media sensationalism, a marriage under fire, and of a city that felt betrayed by its best hope, the movie is so unsparing that when they finally ask Weiner why he let them film him, the disgraced ex-congressman can only shrug.
★★★½ review by josh lewis 🌹 on Letterboxd
one day i'll grow up and get over how truly unfortunate a name this dude has but today is not that day
★★★★½ review by kacman11 on Letterboxd
A real-life CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM episode.
★★★★ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd
What a putz.
★★★★ review by Jake Kwiatkowski on Letterboxd
There's something awfully sad but darkly hilarious about seeing this film in context with the events of late. Weiner is like Boogie Nights meets Gone Girl meets Spinal Tap. Probably the saddest subtlety was seeing how gradually detatched Huma became as the film progressed. It's so strange but ultimately fascinating it's amazing to think that this stuff is really real and not a mockumentary political satire. Weiner does a fantastic job and doesn't just do a blank autopsy, and instead explores the triumph and tragedy of this crooked figure. Whether or not you like or dislike him, Weiner is essential viewing. This is without a doubt one of the greatest documentaries of 2016.
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