Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Reviews

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Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 7, 2013
You'd be hard pressed too many other documentaries that leave you feeling so damn great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 7, 2013
Ms. Diaz settles for a flabby, repetitive showcase for the songs and an attaboy for their newest singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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March 7, 2013
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.
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
March 7, 2013
An engaging, sweeping overview of Pineda's story, which is buoyed by the cheesy but classic sounds of Journey and Pineda's soft-spoken, humble charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2013
Though Perry probably wanted nothing to do with her project, his participation might have pushed this glimpse at the band's evolution into a genuine revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2013
This uplifting rock doc will provide inspiration to countless karoake singers.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 7, 2013
Diaz ... emphasizes the uplifting aspects of Pineda's Journey experience, describing how he came from poverty and delinquency, before he dedicated himself to his craft, caught a lucky break, and became an inspiration to struggling nobodies everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 7, 2013
The best material in the film is the loosest, capturing the perpetually insecure and overcompensating Pineda in his early concerts, leaping, bouncing, careening around as if every moment in every song were an audition for the next moment in the next song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2013
Pineda is a great subject, and it's obvious he's the biggest fan of the man who co-wrote and sang most of his current repertoire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 7, 2013
Part doc, mostly crock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 6, 2013
Well-chronicled and fascinating, Don't Stop Believin' is a cinematic journey well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 6, 2013
If you're a fan of the band and want to learn more about its relatively new frontman, then the film is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 5, 2013
Everyman's Journey is a fun and occasionally inspiring look at a man given the chance to live his dreams that you can sing along with
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bret Milano
Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2013
Though it's an admirable tale ... it isn't all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
March 5, 2013
Unfortunately for this rock doc, this fan-to-frontman saga is not that interesting a turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
It's a moving tale made more so because even after he's "won," Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 5, 2013
You don't have to be a Journey fan because I'm not. Really..Less a rockumentary than the story of one man discovering just how much real work goes into living the dream.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2013
Sadly, those looking for any insight into Journey from Ramona Diaz's documentary are going to have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 14, 2013
Whether or not you are a fan of Journey's music, Ramona S. Diaz's uplifting documentary about Arnel Pineda's rise from an impoverished Philippian youth to becoming the lead singer for a hugely successful rock band, will charm you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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