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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 16

An energetic but thin portrait of the venerable rock band Journey, Don't Stop Believin' gets a boost from new singer Arnel Pineda's charming personality.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 6

An energetic but thin portrait of the venerable rock band Journey, Don't Stop Believin' gets a boost from new singer Arnel Pineda's charming personality.

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Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, is a feature length documentary film about the iconic 80's band, Journey, and their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, whom they discovered through YouTube. -- (C) Official Site

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Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

Aug 19, 2013

$59.6k

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It feels selectively edited toward a predetermined point of view.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Plods] from one performance to the next with unnecessary asides for veteran Journey members to talk about their own lives (trivia of interest to megafans and no one else).

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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As infectious as Pineda's enthusiasm is, "Don't Stop Believin' " too often relies on his inherent appeal as a film subject, rarely probing more deeply than the narrative he and his bandmates provide.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Ms. Diaz settles for a flabby, repetitive showcase for the songs and an attaboy for their newest singer.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Diaz insists on selling Pineda's promo-friendly myth at the expense of the richer, more complicated story of a dreamer who learns to become the durable professional his bandmates expect.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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A glorified home movie, complete with self-congratulary smugness from the band's original members.

June 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Pineda's humility is a rare rockumentary commodity, but the film around him is riven with underarticulated tensions: any suspicion that the management might have employed third-world labour to enable the show to go on is simply shrugged off.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Rather than a faux psychological analysis, the film offers instead a general commentary on how class, race, and nationality-as well as gender, even more generally-shape Arnel's experience.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

By the time the band arrives in Manila for Pineda's emotional homecoming, every note feels as if it's been earned.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Once this new Journey has become a success, "Don't Stop Believin'" doesn't have a whole lot more to say on the subject.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

All mic-ed up, but also all mixed up, this indulgently apportioned doc is a glad-handing fan project all the way.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

A heartfelt verité portrait of American pop rock as a global product, reaching into the slums of Manila, and filling stadiums around the world with happy, smiling people.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Lawrence.com

Entertaining and well-edited, but ultimately shallow.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Pineda is consistently treated as human rather than legend. It's completely appropriate that the film is just good enough, nothing too extraordinary or lasting in our minds.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Applause for its ambition in scope, which makes it far more than just a commercial for some 80s band's latest nostalgia tour.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

This movie works beyond just a modern-day fairy tale.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Real-life Cinderella story with quiet emotion and a down-to-earth working band make this rock documentary far more than an episode of "Behind the Music."

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Watching Don't Stop Believin' one always gets the sense that there's a larger story that Diaz can't -- or simply doesn't want to -- tell.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

As inspiring as much of (Arnel) Pineda's story is, Filipina director Ramona S. Diaz may be a little too enamored with her subject and, subsequently, comes across at times as less than objective.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

The movie, to its credit, is smirk-free, but director Diaz fails to craft the material into much more than an infomercial.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Powered by subject Arnel Pineda's charm and humour as well as that excellent classic rock soundtrack, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is an inspiring and entertaining fairy tale you really can believe in.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
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Audience Reviews for Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

A snapshot of Journey at this moment in its 30-year history, 2008, as it emerges with a new lead singer.

Great Documnentary!!! I'm a big fan of Journey so I enjoyed it very much. The documentary shows how the band has been affected with Arnel Pineda now leading the iconic group, and it seems that it couldn't have been more positive in terms of popularity. We see how Journey is playing in different parts of the world now, and that there is a stunning influx of Filipino attendees at their concerts now. One wonders if it's still necessarily politically correct to refer to the band as the all American rock band.

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from You Tube to become the front man for iconic American rock band, Journey, thereby becoming the latest performer to go from the Internet to real life celebrity. Having already overcome a life full of painful obstacles and now saddled with the immense pressures of leading a world renowned band and replacing a legendary singer, the film follows Arnel on this personal journey.
November 30, 2013
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Manu Gino

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If you have not checked out this movie yet, do it now. It's AWESOME. Very inspiring. Of course, I'm a bit biased cause I'm a big Journey fan. Regardless, it's a very cool rags to riches story. Arnel Pineda's story is amazing. From a homeless man living on the streets of the Philippines, a chance youtube search lands him the job of Journey's front man.

Great stuff.
October 14, 2013
Bryan Davis

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