"Phil Ochs" not only is a good look at a man who carved a small but important niche into the folk world but a good record of the turbulent 1960s and what motivated its protesters.
The short and tragic life of Phil Ochs is as involving as the music he wrote and played, and that is saying a great deal.
| Original Score: 4/5
A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.
| Original Score: 3/4
At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution.
| Original Score: A-
A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.
| Original Score: B+
A warts-and-all portrait of a singer and his celebrity, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is an overdue look at the '60s folk movement's anti-Dylan.
Not only a biography but also a running history of the period's left-wing activism, replete with film clips of that decade's tragic events.
| Original Score: 3/5
Though hewing to a too-conventional structure, Bowser's film is densely researched enough to yield insights not just into its overlooked subject, but also into his overly analyzed era.
A stimulating reflection on the American countercultural protest movement examined through the prism of one of its most impassioned and underappreciated voices.