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The Same River Twice (2003)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 10

An insightful documentary about the passage of time for a group free spirits.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

An insightful documentary about the passage of time for a group free spirits.



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In 1978, filmmaker Robb Moss and a group of free-spirited friends and lovers took a month-long trip down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River. Cutting between footage of their youthful, often naked, unscheduled lives and the complex realities of their adulthood today, the film creates a compelling portrait of cultural metamorphosis. From running rapids to running for mayor, it's a story of change, choices and finding one's place in the world.


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Feb 22, 2005

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At its core, The Same River Twice is about a process everyone goes through, and the recognition that change is inevitable and we can't be young forever.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Other documentaries have crisscrossed between time frames, but Moss' beguiling The Same River Twice represents one of the most effective uses of the device.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The movie's then-and-now approach proves reasonably interesting, but Same River doesn't dig deeply enough to provide us with more than a series of passing views.

March 12, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The documentary The Same River Twice will ring startlingly true to any ski bum who ever went legit.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The Same River Twice is far from an arthritic exercise in hippie nostalgia. There is a seasoned richness and vivid specificity to these lives, for all their hurts and losses.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Succeeds through articulate, nostalgic sequences of introspection linked by poetic camerawork.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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On the expected side: Those were good times. Get it will you can. I really wouldn't encourage my kids to do the same thing. And so on.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source:

The copious nudity of the '78 sequences is striking, but the body part gazed upon most by these people is the navel.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's a rather listless and self-involved documentary.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Offers glimmers of truth about the aging process, but there is always the sense that Moss only wades knee-high into this river.

March 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A duller film than its predecessor [Riverdogs].

March 27, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's Moss' disinclination to judge that gives what might otherwise be a slight film its genuine poignancy.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

It is poignant to see the young bodies aged.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Sweet, sensitive and insightful.

March 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Treats its audience with unusual intelligence and serves up meaty food for thought.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Comes across as two sets of home movies spliced together; we watch politely but secretly can't wait to go home.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Any promise that Same River will make a grand statement about vanished ideals or changes in the culture are dashed quickly ... but it remains a likable portrait of how youth looks from the perspective of middle age.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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