"Director Melody Gilbert's absorbing documentary takes a straightforward approach to an easily sensationalized topic.
By avoiding the obvious freak-show possibilities, she has created an authentically
educational film. It's the sort of movie that has people arguing intensely
with each other as they head for the exits."
-eFILMcritic.com (4 stars****) full
“Before Whole premiered at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival
in June, information about wannabe amputee syndrome--what doctors now refer
to as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (B.I.I.D.)--was made available only
through a handful of stories more likely to be told around the campfire
than in the newspaper.”
- City Pages full