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

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Bret Milano
Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2013
Though it's an admirable tale ... it isn't all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
June 18, 2012
Without any real conflict, there's enough story here for 45 minutes to an hour, after which the filmmakers pad it with a brief history of Journey pre-Pineda and scenes from the tour and Pineda's new life; a passable feel-good doc, but not very memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.4/10
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 3, 2013
Sadly, those looking for any insight into Journey from Ramona Diaz's documentary are going to have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Eric Melin
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
Matt Pais
March 7, 2013
Part doc, mostly crock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
It feels selectively edited toward a predetermined point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McCahill
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
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 7, 2013
Ms. Diaz settles for a flabby, repetitive showcase for the songs and an attaboy for their newest singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
March 5, 2013
Unfortunately for this rock doc, this fan-to-frontman saga is not that interesting a turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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March 7, 2013
Diaz insists on selling Pineda's promo-friendly myth at the expense of the richer, more complicated story of a dreamer who learns to become the durable professional his bandmates expect.
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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
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.
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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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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
April 26, 2012
It's nice to watch the members marvel unendingly over their new find, while Pineda himself presents an ideal image of gratitude and hard work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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