Jodorowsky's Dune Reviews

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2015
Pavich shows us many images from the storyboard, and even treats some to a simple form of animation to suggest how the movie might have looked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 8, 2014
This documentary version of Jodorowsky's "Dune" is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 1, 2014
A deeply moving testament to single-minded, indefatigable commitment of creative vision and to an almost spiritual ability to let that vision go, thereby allowing it to exist in the world in an entirely unexpected form.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 24, 2014
Jodorowsky is a mesmerizing presence in director Frank Pavich's engrossing picture. He was 84 when much of it was shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 24, 2014
Jodorowsky's Dune gives you a good sense of what might have been, and judging by what we see, the picture might have accomplished what the director ultimately intended: "To mutate young minds."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2014
What an extraordinary dream it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 17, 2014
It leaves you wondering about how many artists are working on such wild dreams these days, and hoping it's more than you think.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 10, 2014
It's an outstanding combination of genius and missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2014
The best way to watch this movie is as an account of an eccentric visionary maverick who could not be stopped or influenced by reason ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 3, 2014
We get an idea of what could have been via the colossal illustrated screenplay still lovingly held by Jodorowsky, who is every bit the dreamer in his 80s that he was in his youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 3, 2014
Is Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune" the most influential movie never made?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 3, 2014
Employing a mix of lively talking-head interviews and trippy animation based on Jodorowsky's sketchbooks and storyboards, Frank Pavich's documentary paints a tantalizing picture of the movie that might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
March 27, 2014
Frank Savich's diverting documentary lets the 85-year-old filmmaker revisit a saga from the mid-'70s: his stellar two-year failure to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2014
A great seminar on creativity.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2014
His stories feature an impressive roster of would-be collaborators (Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, H.R. Geiger, and Pink Floyd), and some of the set pieces he describes sound pretty neat.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 27, 2014
Pavich's movie is more profound as a tribute to the imagination of visionary directors who can't realize their visions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2014
"Jodorowsky's Dune" is a lovely little tribute to a major league "What if?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 24, 2014
A fascinating and depressing documentary about a visionary director and his impossible dream.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 23, 2014
Pavich is clearly in awe of Jodorowsky (who wouldn't be?), but he still treads a fine line between buying the director's notions of a spiritual quest at face value and soberly detailing said journey's particulars.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2014
If you enjoy sci-fi, cult cinema, or messianic quests by quixotic lunatics, you will love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 21, 2014
While it overplays the poor-misunderstood-artist angle, though "Jodorowsky's Dune" does at least give the filmmaker a stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Thomson
The New Republic
March 20, 2014
I suspect that I would have lapsed into merciful sleep at some point in a four-hour Dune, but I had a very good time with Pavich's documentary and I believe in its magical vision.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 20, 2014
Cheerfully partial and unapologetically deferential to its subject's operatic self-promotion, "Jodorowsky's Dune" makes you wish that he had scraped together the final $5 million needed, we are told, to realize his dream.
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March 20, 2014
For those with any interest in cult cinema or just the bizarre behind-the-scenes stories of any film production, Jodorowsky's Dune is a fascinating document of one of the most legendary films ever not made.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2014
We may never know if the midnight movie maestro's "Dune" would have been a game-changer or a head-scratcher. (Or both.) But the documentary about it is speculative catnip for cineastes of all stripes.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 20, 2014
Jodo, now 85, is such a magnetic, life-affirming presence, it's clear Hollywood wasn't ready for his "Dune."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 20, 2014
The message to take from Jodorowsky's Dune: movies once had brains and balls, and lost them.
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
March 20, 2014
It's an ode to what it means to make a film with unbridled creativity, without limits and without concern for commercial calculation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 19, 2014
"Flash Gordon" probably looked cool at the storyboard stage, too. If "Jodo" was such a genius, why didn't he make some other masterpiece instead?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 18, 2014
Fascinating and perversely uplifting ...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 18, 2014
Pavich's fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of "spiritual warriors" with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 28, 2013
if you've got that Jodorowsky T-shirt aping the Judas Priest logo, you may as well start lining up now.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 20, 2013
Highly entertaining.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2013
Director Frank Pavich's entertaining documentary makes the case for this overblown epic as a legendary lost masterpiece.