Matt Donato’s review published on Letterboxd:
Every review that highlights "ambitious" and "messy" is correct. Swings big when building doomsday cult lore, but the sloppiness in which victims, tulpa talk, and finale throughlines connect leaves an unwashable stain at (sigh) 137 minutes. Too. Long.
I tried, I did! There are aspects I enjoy about THE EMPTY MAN, centered around James Badge Dale's performance and grimly deranged cult sequences.
The biggest problem is its final third. A narrative that earnestly tailspins out of control; intent and execution aren't aligned.