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Commune Reviews

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Kinda down-to-earth comments make Commune kinda intriguing.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
February 23, 2007
Commune channels a bygone era of drop-outs living an American dream on the Free Love frontier. This is the happy alternative to the apocalyptic California sub-cultures of Charles Manson and the Rev. Jim Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2007
Watching Jonathan Berman's affectionate documentary, Commune, about the influential establishment in Siskiyou County, brought to mind the recent documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 22, 2007
Commune gets at the central, seductive paradoxes inherent in so much counterculture belief and practice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
December 28, 2006
Examines what life was like at an idealized, hippie oasis back in the Sixties. Not exactly groovy, or anybody's idea of nirvana, dude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
November 15, 2006
An intriguing, entertaining and engaging documentary. My only criticism -- I simply wanted to know so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2006
Fitfully interesting, but would have benefited from tighter focus and finer detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
November 9, 2006
It's good to hear people talking about openheartedness without irony.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 3, 2006
It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.
| Original Score: B
November 3, 2006
If not a social history of the '60s, it's a close examination of a quintessential '60s phenomenon that speaks volumes about the attitudes and experiences that shaped the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 3, 2006
Berman blends home movies of ranch life with interviews with former residents, their now-grown children and neighbors of the ranch.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
Jonathan Berman's documentary about California's famous Black Bear Ranch is a trip.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 2, 2006
Commune, a breezy, informal history of a long-running California commune begun in the summer of 1968 and still in existence, offers the fascinating spectacle of observing people then and now.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 2, 2006
Berman captures a way of life that has been curiously influential -- has been imitated, ripped off, ridiculed and demonized -- ever since.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 31, 2006
Celebrating the desire to immerse oneself in a collective, world-changing enterprise, Commune is unavoidably nostalgic.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2006
The documentary is loose-limbed and not at all artful--which is to say, it's scarcely bourgeois and just as the Black Bear Ranch people would like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
May 6, 2006
What is fascinating about Berman's Commune is how well it captures the passage of time and the life lessons learned from the commune experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 5, 2006
A keen vet docu-maker's eye and a chronicler's compassion lends pic real resonance.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 5, 2006
In its own quiet, revealing fashion, Berman's film explores the folly and faith that characterized much of Black Bear's early existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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