Finding Joe (2011)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Takaya Solomon
In Theaters:
Box Office: $55.5k
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as Deepak Chopra

as Laird Hamilton

as Mick Fleetwood

as Rashida Jones

as Tony Hawk

as Walter Robert Schmid...

as Robin Sharma

as Catherine Hardwicke

as Sir Ken Robinson

as Akiva Goldsman

as Chungliang Al Huang

as Rebecca Armstrong

as David L. Miller

as Brian Johnson

as Norman Ollestad

as Joseph Marshall lll

as Alan Cohen

as Gay Hendricks

as Lynne Kaufman

as David Loy
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface.

Full Review… | October 4, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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