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The Internet's Own Boy

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Brian Knappenberger

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About the Movie

Aaron Swartz's online presence and influence was groundbreaking. From helping develop internet protocol RSS to his work as a co-founder of Reddit, the programming prodigy helped shape the digital landscape we all use today. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, “The Internet’s Own Boy” is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice, no matter what the cost.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A devastating meditation on what can happen when a prescient thinker challenges corporate interests and the power of the state. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 26, 2014

Fresh: Talking (egg)heads reiterate outrage over the Obama Justice Department's witch hunt against him, but Swartz's ex-girlfriend adds heart when she tearfully recalls first seeing the ''end date'' on his Wikipedia page. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 3, 2014

Fresh: A moving documentary that will leave you heartsick as well as more than a little angry. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 26, 2014

Fresh: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz connects the dots of Swartz's past, assembling a vivid portrait of a sensitive genius with a strong moral sense. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2014

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Customer Reviews


A must see. Very sad to lose a bright light when it still has so much to offer.


This is one of the most powerful pieces of documentary filmmaking I’ve ever seen.

Amazing film!!

A must see film that was extremely powerful.