I have watched him. And I have read sickening reports about things that don't make the film edit. The reason I gave you the links is because if you want expert opinions, you were able to read them without having to wonder if the person you spoke to is a nut job or idiot.
You gave one example of what I dislike about him. "Treat a dog like a dog" ... expressions that novice people think sound right, but don't know enough to ask the right questions. Exactly HOW do you treat a dog like a dog? That depends one hundred percent on your perception of what a dog is. Think about that one for a bit, because it is critical.
For me, a dog is a companion animal. My relationship is to train in such a way that we form a bond. That doesn't mean I allow the dog to do what it wants. That means I try to help the dog want to do what I want it to do... such as potty outside, not destroy my belongings, not bite or be aggressive to humans, and at least ignore other dogs in public (walking/shows whatever) when innate dog aggression is present. Dogs have personalities/traits/genetic wiring. You can mold them to a very good extent. But there are limits. I have spent my life with Rottweilers and Chows... so trust me the margin for error with a dog that can do serious damage is much narrower than a basenji. And guess what? The training methods are the same. You build trust, a relationship and you work from there. At the end of the day, I want my dogs to do what I want because they trust me and I have managed to teach them what is expected. Not fear. Not dominated.
So... treat a dog like a dog? Not much different than saying treat a child like a child. It will depend on what you value. If your value is utter control and how you get there justifies that, that will be a very different path that I'd take.
If you follow nothing but Mary's lessons, you can have an extremely well trained dog who will not fear you and will be reliable. If you read McConnell you can get there too, and with more understanding about why.
As for the only thing 2 trainers agree on is that the 3rd is wrong, is true in most in case and profession. But when the overwhelming community of veterinary behaviorists, positive trainers and people who believe manhandling your dog and making it fear you is not okay and that a trainer is the embodiment of those bad training ideas, then you need to decide if some stupid actor praising Millan is as credible as the experts.
I also want to address Shirley's "And sometimes the dog doesn't appear to have read the same book that you did, i.e. you do everything "right", but don't get the expected results." Not really. I will soon be 60, and I have no trouble admitting that when I THOUGHT I was doing everything "right" but don't get the results I expected, it isn't that the dog didn't read the same book. It's that I was doing something wrong. I am so very lucky to have had so many people help me, address timing issues, address my consistency and other things that may be interfering. The other reason things may fail is you didn't break it down into small enough steps and get each step secure before adding. Or, you may have a dog who is fearful/unstable. You can manage many of those dogs, but don't expect perfect behavior. When you have a few loose screws, expectations need to be adjusted. So I don't agree that every single dog owner of a stable dog cannot get results following just Mary's instructions. I do agree that you may have to do things more to fit your dog... but if you hit a bump, write her and she'll help.
And read and watch McConnell's books and videos. Appreciate the joyful responses to her from the dogs. https://www.youtube.com/user/PatriciaMcConnell/videos
Then watch Cesar kicking dogs, tell me who you want to learn from and tell me why you think I would even attempt to come up with a positive thing he does: