"Funny, probing and so wholly original in both style and substance as to seem completely without precedent... brilliant, one-of-a-kind film...the remarkable life of a seemingly average man presents a figure as complicated and enthralling as any fictional character in recent memory... intoxicating montage...expertly pieced together... a spectacular high-wire feat by a fledgling master."
THE WASHINGTON POST
"Compellingly eccentric...powerful, bittersweet...
a rich, tumultuous portrait of family life..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A stunningly imaginative hand-made one-man film, INTIMATE STRANGER combines biography, personal inquiry, a search for roots, 20th century history, family portraiture and cultural anthropology in a work of unusual resonance."
"Including the conflicting assessments of devotion and enmity of the central character transforms INTIMATE STRANGER into a poignant depiction of universal family dynamics...."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"A terrific exercise in family exorcism. Filmmaker Alan Berliner has createdan affectionate, witty and ineffably moving portrait...heartbreakingly universal."
"INTIMATE STRANGER is documentary storytelling of a very high order."
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
"...one of the most remarkable nonfiction films around."