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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Reviews

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2011
"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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 18, 2011
A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Anderson
Variety
January 5, 2011
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 5, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 4, 2011
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.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 3, 2011
A stimulating reflection on the American countercultural protest movement examined through the prism of one of its most impassioned and underappreciated voices.