Finding Joe Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 14, 2011
Useful and arguably illuminating documentary introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 29, 2011
A multidimensional film featuring commentaries from writers and filmmakers on how Joseph Campbell's hero's journey finds expression in our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 20, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
October 4, 2011
Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
September 30, 2011
Earnest attempt to introduce Joseph Campbell's philosophy looks and feels like an infomercial.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 27, 2011
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.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2011
The film quickly becomes redundant, and there's a self-congratulatory smugness to it that's off-putting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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