Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox Reviews

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Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 4, 2007
Swirl together hemp, peppermint, vitamin E and a huge dollop of weirdness, and you have one of the most strangely brewed documentaries in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 27, 2007
A patently nice man, Ralph is a not very compelling figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2007
It's like Capturing the Friedmans scrubbed to a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2007
The self-indulgent film also suffers from a lack of focus.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 14, 2007
What emerges is a complex portrait of a man who cares more for humanity than for his own children, often left to languish in orphanages while their father scoured bodies and minds.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2007
A bittersweet story of a family and the surprising effects a crusading eccentric can have on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2007
Although the segments featuring Bronner's son, Ralph, veer uncomfortably toward hagiography, director Sara Lamm balances out the love fest by exploring the dark side of being a soap-hawking prophet and the toll that ALL-ONE-FAITH took on Bronner's family.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
July 6, 2007
A movie that means well and does no harm, only good. So there should be an audience for this mild, friendly little effort.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 3, 2007
Tyro helmer Sara Lamm satisfyingly stitches together the family soap opera into a comfortable crazy quilt without sacrificing its unique, oddly topical edge.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 29, 2007
You know there's a story behind Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, and filmmaker Sara Lamm hopes you're interested in hearing it. Luckily the story behind the suds is a pretty good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2007
The documentary leaves you feeling hopeful and tingly all over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Shteamer
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
June 29, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 16, 2008
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