Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
Critic Consensus: Mr. Death outlines its subject's controversial life's work with the deeply fascinating and thought-provoking élan film fans have come to expect from director Errol Morris.
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Like all of Morris' films, "Mr. Death" provides us with no comfortable place to stand.
Ultimately, Leuchter comes across not as a fundamentally bad man, just a hopelessly deluded one, a technician overly impressed with his own expertise and infallibility, a small figure blindly sucked into the vortex of consummate evil...
Think of "Mr. Death" as the best comedy-horror documentary about the Holocaust ever made.
What Morris gives us is not just a goofy, sad account of a socially shunned, awkward man but an indictment of our society at large.
Morris, com sua habilidade narrativa habitual, conta a interessante mas incômoda história de um homem destruído pela própria ignorância.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Wow! Great early effort by Errol Morris and we can see how his effective documentary tools were developed here. Leuchter probably gets more attention that he deserves as a result but it is a shocking look at the true nut jobs that exist in the broader world.
Interesting study of Fred Leuchter's underwhelming career, poor judgement and antisemitic reasoning.
Amazing look at an outsider, and the choices he makes to be accepted, no matter by whom. Disturbing and sad, this is a truly great film about lonliness and what it drives people to do.
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