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Examined Life (2009)

Examined Life



Critic Consensus: With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.

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This documentary takes a look at the manifestations of contemporary philosophy through interviews with various figures in the field, who examine these existential issues from the vantage point of lively public places, where everyday people demonstrate their views and values through the most clear and innocuous ways. Some of the guests featured in the film include Cornel West, Avital Ronell, and Peter Singer. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Art House & International
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Written By: Astra Taylor
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On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Examined Life

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Illuminating, even moving.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Examined Life

Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer


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.

J Dávila

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