Ben Harper - Pleasure and Pain Reviews

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Eric Campos
Film Threat
December 29, 2002

It turns my stomach when I hear that a musician takes himself so seriously that he thinks can change the world.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
November 27, 2002

The film is a timorous, flailing attempt at docu-philosophy. Co-directors Danny Clinch and Sam Lee must have thought that desultory use of slow motion and quick-cuts can cover for aimlessness.

Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
November 22, 2002

Those already enmeshed in the cult of Harper will be thrilled by this behind-the-scenes, on-the-road glimpse at their hero. Others may welcome exposure to his music but find the film -- and Harper -- a bit tedious.

Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
November 20, 2002

As viewers leave the theater, they may end up asking themselves a question which it wasn't attempting to elicit: Does knowing this much about a great musical talent help or hinder your ability to like the music?

Full Review | Original Score: B-
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