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The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest

When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past. Trapped by a system that can't understand him, Mark's questionable mental competency may be the only thing to help him escape for good.
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RogerEbert.com by Brian Tallerico

The rare documentary that gets more and more interesting as it goes along, even ending with an update on this still-unfolding story that just took place.
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Variety by Dennis Harvey

It’s a bizarre story not entirely clear in the telling — partly because we can’t be entirely sure when the subject is telling the truth — but absorbing nonetheless.
90

Village Voice by Ernest Hardy

What could have been an impossibly bleak viewing is actually made more unnerving through DeFriest's droll humor and acceptance of his fate — rather than being Zen-like, he's prickly and dark, with such dazzlingly high native intelligence that you mourn for potential needlessly wasted.