Weiner

Weiner

Weiner

Documentary chronicling disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's epic meltdown of a mayoral campaign. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2016.

"Many politicians have seen their careers careen off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as the incisive and painfully funny Weiner.... What begins as an unexpected comeback from a disgraced ex-congressman takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and rips apart his every move, Weiner tries desperately to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halts his political aspirations dead in their tracks.

"Weiner 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." (Sundance)

Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) winner at Sundance Film Festival 2016
2016Rating: M, Offensive language and sexual references96 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

A compelling documentary of a psychological train-wreck in slow motion

While watching Weiner (2016) it is easy to forget that this is a reality-based documentary not a fictional sit-com or tragi-drama. The film presents two possibilities: we either expect too much of politicians or the subject of this movie is a uniquely disturbed aberration of the political class. Either way, this compelling and well-produced documentary is...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A rollicking and never-dull insider's view of a political campaign that leaves fascinating questions unanswered.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The narcissism is all up there onscreen, but shame will have to wait for the sequel.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A cringe-inducing portrait of an arrogant politician's self-immolation ...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A compelling, deep dive into a scandal that so many, especially the New York Post and Stephen Colbert, had painted as the simple - and crude - case of one prurient politician.

5.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The filmmakers' cameras capture Weiner, perhaps best known for his career-crippling sexting scandals of 2011 and 2013, in a plethora of awkward, squirm-inducing, shameless, even clueless moments.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Plenty of political docs let us see a campaign confronting bad news, but this is a doozy, and the level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from.

Variety

Variety

press

A rollicking and never-dull insider's view of a political campaign that leaves fascinating questions unanswered.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The narcissism is all up there onscreen, but shame will have to wait for the sequel.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A cringe-inducing portrait of an arrogant politician's self-immolation ...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A compelling, deep dive into a scandal that so many, especially the New York Post and Stephen Colbert, had painted as the simple - and crude - case of one prurient politician.

5.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The filmmakers' cameras capture Weiner, perhaps best known for his career-crippling sexting scandals of 2011 and 2013, in a plethora of awkward, squirm-inducing, shameless, even clueless moments.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Plenty of political docs let us see a campaign confronting bad news, but this is a doozy, and the level of access here makes the film hard to turn away from.

A compelling documentary of a psychological train-wreck in slow motion

While watching Weiner (2016) it is easy to forget that this is a reality-based documentary not a fictional sit-com or tragi-drama. The film presents two possibilities: we either expect too much of politicians or the subject of this movie is a uniquely disturbed aberration of the political class. Either way, this compelling and well-produced documentary is...

4.0