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

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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.
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
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
ScreenAnarchy
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."
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+
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
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 7, 2013
You'd be hard pressed too many other documentaries that leave you feeling so damn great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
March 7, 2013
An engaging, sweeping overview of Pineda's story, which is buoyed by the cheesy but classic sounds of Journey and Pineda's soft-spoken, humble charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2013
Though Perry probably wanted nothing to do with her project, his participation might have pushed this glimpse at the band's evolution into a genuine revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2013
This uplifting rock doc will provide inspiration to countless karoake singers.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 7, 2013
Diaz ... emphasizes the uplifting aspects of Pineda's Journey experience, describing how he came from poverty and delinquency, before he dedicated himself to his craft, caught a lucky break, and became an inspiration to struggling nobodies everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 7, 2013
The best material in the film is the loosest, capturing the perpetually insecure and overcompensating Pineda in his early concerts, leaping, bouncing, careening around as if every moment in every song were an audition for the next moment in the next song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2013
Pineda is a great subject, and it's obvious he's the biggest fan of the man who co-wrote and sang most of his current repertoire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 6, 2013
Well-chronicled and fascinating, Don't Stop Believin' is a cinematic journey well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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