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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley Image

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  • Summary: Alex Gibney's documentary about how Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos' claims of a compact blood testing machine went from a Silicon Valley start-up worth $9 billion in 2014 to being cited by the SEC for "massive fraud" in 2016.
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series, News/Documentary, Health & Lifestyle, Business, Documentary, Science
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  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 21, 2019
    Holmes commands the screen as if it belongs to her. She surely must have known all along that it would. Much of the footage here is of the dog-and-pony variety, once commissioned by Theranos and designed to sell the con. But it's so high-gloss--so weirdly hypnotic--that neither Gibney nor "The Inventor" can get to the real human behind the image. A shortcoming of the film? Sure, but the only one. Must watch.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 15, 2019
    Alex Gibney’s enthralling documentary about the mesmerizing Elizabeth Holmes.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 18, 2019
    The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Feb 27, 2019
    Like a lot of Gibney’s work, The Inventor functions most reliably as a fast-paced, involving summary, one occasionally enlivened by the little, revealing bursts of personality he captures from his various talking heads. But as in his Assange doc, We Steal Secrets, Gibney can’t entirely compensate for the (admittedly understandable) void at the center of his portrait—which is to say, for the fact that he couldn’t land an interview with his main subject.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Barsanti
    Mar 15, 2019
    While The Inventor is filled with bright details and sharp asides that puncture Silicon Valley’s self-mythologizing fabulism, it doesn’t make a strong enough attempt to get behind Holmes’s messianic aura.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Feb 27, 2019
    In his fervor to sell you on this story and to keep you interested, some filmmaking techniques tend toward corny, like his opening voiceover telling you that this is “a compelling story,” or tacky graphics that get in your face, like a pair of dice being thrown to illustrate a metaphor. And as for the curiosity, sometimes it leads on tangents, taking away from the tightness. ... But when “The Inventor” is running through the small downfall of Theranos, the whistleblowers and Holmes’ own detachment from reality, the documentary can be fascinating.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 27, 2019
    Gibney can’t decide if Holmes is a crook or just overdosed on her own ego. Mostly, he fills time with scene after scene of her posing at photo shoots while she waxes on about extending lifespans, or he gets loopy with voiceover.

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