Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey Reviews

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Andrew Lowry
Total Film
June 1, 2014
A glorified home movie, complete with self-congratulary smugness from the band's original members.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 15, 2014
Pineda's humility is a rare rockumentary commodity, but the film around him is riven with underarticulated tensions: any suspicion that the management might have employed third-world labour to enable the show to go on is simply shrugged off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 30, 2013
Rather than a faux psychological analysis, the film offers instead a general commentary on how class, race, and nationality-as well as gender, even more generally-shape Arnel's experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
September 30, 2013
By the time the band arrives in Manila for Pineda's emotional homecoming, every note feels as if it's been earned.
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
September 23, 2013
Once this new Journey has become a success, "Don't Stop Believin'" doesn't have a whole lot more to say on the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
March 25, 2013
All mic-ed up, but also all mixed up, this indulgently apportioned doc is a glad-handing fan project all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
March 18, 2013
A heartfelt verité portrait of American pop rock as a global product, reaching into the slums of Manila, and filling stadiums around the world with happy, smiling people.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
It feels selectively edited toward a predetermined point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
March 11, 2013
The film is mostly surface-value kicks, relaying the basic parts of the story (poor guy battling drug and alcohol addiction suddenly makes it big) without being particularly probing or revealing too many shades of gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 9, 2013
Entertaining and well-edited, but ultimately shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.1/10
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects
March 9, 2013
Pineda is consistently treated as human rather than legend. It's completely appropriate that the film is just good enough, nothing too extraordinary or lasting in our minds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jason Gorber
TwitchFilm
March 8, 2013
Applause for its ambition in scope, which makes it far more than just a commercial for some 80s band's latest nostalgia tour.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 8, 2013
This movie works beyond just a modern-day fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 8, 2013
Real-life Cinderella story with quiet emotion and a down-to-earth working band make this rock documentary far more than an episode of "Behind the Music."
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 8, 2013
Watching Don't Stop Believin' one always gets the sense that there's a larger story that Diaz can't -- or simply doesn't want to -- tell.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 8, 2013
As inspiring as much of (Arnel) Pineda's story is, Filipina director Ramona S. Diaz may be a little too enamored with her subject and, subsequently, comes across at times as less than objective.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 8, 2013
[Plods] from one performance to the next with unnecessary asides for veteran Journey members to talk about their own lives (trivia of interest to megafans and no one else).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 8, 2013
As infectious as Pineda's enthusiasm is, "Don't Stop Believin' " too often relies on his inherent appeal as a film subject, rarely probing more deeply than the narrative he and his bandmates provide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 8, 2013
The movie, to its credit, is smirk-free, but director Diaz fails to craft the material into much more than an infomercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 8, 2013
Powered by subject Arnel Pineda's charm and humour as well as that excellent classic rock soundtrack, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is an inspiring and entertaining fairy tale you really can believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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