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Finding Joe (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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Finding Joe is an exploration of famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe

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The bottom line for all these speakers is that if you follow the so-called hero's journey, you will find fame and fortune. I think we've heard this tune before.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comments (3)
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Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Solomon's approach places didacticism over revelation. The film is weighed down by a barrage of declarations from zealots in which wisdom is intertwined with the self-evident and platitudinous.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Finding Joe feels like a homemade quilt: It's warm and comforting, but visually busy, with a repeating pattern that some will find stuffy and overwhelming.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Everyone's comments are thoughtful and articulate but everyone stays "on message" so steadfastly that no dialogue ever ensues. It's 20 people giving the same lecture.

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Useful and arguably illuminating documentary introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Earnest attempt to introduce Joseph Campbell's philosophy looks and feels like an infomercial.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Nicely shot and edited but generally employs a standard "talking heads" approach and lectures more than it engages. It is strongest whenever it quotes (Joseph) Campbell directly.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A multidimensional film featuring commentaries from writers and filmmakers on how Joseph Campbell's hero's journey finds expression in our lives.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film quickly becomes redundant, and there's a self-congratulatory smugness to it that's off-putting.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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