Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted hundreds of millions of dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white collar crime spree remarkable. "Unraveled" is set in the purgatory of house arrest -- an Upper East Side penthouse -- where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day. The film weaves Dreier's struggle to prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented access, "Unraveled" exposes a mastermind of criminal deception.
- Marc H. Simon
Like the Upper East Side penthouse in which it unfolds, the documentary "Unraveled" is cool and elegant, echoing with spaces for our imaginations to fill.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 04.12.2012
How he lost his way is really never sufficiently explained, making the decision to cast Dreier as the central narrator of his own tale highly questionable.Robert Koehler, Variety, 04.16.2012
One moment Dreier is proclaiming his regret, the next he's drawing a bankrupt analogy between fictional bank robbers and the crimes he committed in "so-called reality."Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times, 04.12.2012
The fascinating human portrait that emerges should draw appreciative if limited audiences.Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter, 06.20.2011