Examined Life (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Examined Life
You can't help but feel that director Astra Taylor fails at her own challenge of making an academic subject come truly alive as cinema.
Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.
Director-writer Astra Taylor wisely avoids turning this talk fest into a talking heads fest by filming these effusive intellectuals in a variety of visually diverting, real-world environments.
There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.
To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.
Audience Reviews for Examined Life
Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.
Philosophy has had a public relations problem for a few centuries now. It needs to be more is relevant to our daily life. I think we've all had enough of the plethora of self-help material out there.
In addition, I strongly believe in need to take time to read great philosophers like Sartre, Heidegger, Habermas & Derrida. Even though some of their points of view are quite depressing, we have a lot to learn from them.
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