The Tinder Swindler: Movie Review

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Fast-paced, short and sweet, "The Tinder Swindler" doesn't try to overstay its welcome like most Netflix true crime documentaries. This shorter form is a welcome bit of development as we get all the crucial bits without any of the usual fluff and unecessary cliffhangers. But we have to admit, maybe it needed a few more minutes to tell the complete story especially from the Swindler himself.  
Three women thought that they have found the love of their life with a man who claimed to be the son of a billionaire - until he started borrowed money from each of them. Calling himself Simon Leviev, the jet-setting diamond mogul, wooed women through Tinder then conned them out of millions of dollars. Find out how these vigilant women decided to turn the tables against this prolific liar and conman.
As we all know, technology and social media in particular can be a double-edged sword and in "The Tinder Swindler" we see how our social media focused society can be baffling, frustrating, and illogical as we eventually find out what really happened after all the shenanigans. But we're getting ahead of ourselves because the documentary puts its focus on three women who were victims by Shimon Hayut (a.k.a. Simon Leviev). Their stories show the brutal and upsetting con that Shimon did playing with people's affections and money - and for what? Just to go experience expensive places, hotels, food, and luxury items. Or at least that's what we got from "The Tinder Swindler" portrayal of Shimon. Because at the end of the day, we barely got to know the guy. With the documentary focusing on the victims, it left us wanting to know more about Shimon's actual con. Playing with three women at the same time sounds crazy but how did he actually do it and pull it off was never explained clearly. It's the kind of experience that will make you search for these people on Google because some critical information were left out. Admittedly though, even with our grievances, "The Tinder Swindler" was maddening, cool, and fun and it's pretty sweet to know how the con-man got swindled himself eventually.  
Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- this is the kind of true crime format that Netflix needs to work on

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- felt like it misses out on some critical information about Shimon Hayut
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