Commune Reviews

May 21, 2020
A fascinating subplot involves the slow but steady evolution of the female members' sense of their power.
March 1, 2007
Kinda down-to-earth comments make Commune kinda intriguing.
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.
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.
February 22, 2007
Commune gets at the central, seductive paradoxes inherent in so much counterculture belief and practice.
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.
November 15, 2006
An intriguing, entertaining and engaging documentary. My only criticism -- I simply wanted to know so much more.
November 9, 2006
It's good to hear people talking about openheartedness without irony.
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.
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.
November 3, 2006
Berman blends home movies of ranch life with interviews with former residents, their now-grown children and neighbors of the ranch.
November 3, 2006
Jonathan Berman's documentary about California's famous Black Bear Ranch is a trip.
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.
November 2, 2006
Berman captures a way of life that has been curiously influential -- has been imitated, ripped off, ridiculed and demonized -- ever since.
October 31, 2006
Celebrating the desire to immerse oneself in a collective, world-changing enterprise, Commune is unavoidably nostalgic.
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.
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.
May 5, 2006
A keen vet docu-maker's eye and a chronicler's compassion lends pic real resonance.
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.