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

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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
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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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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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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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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
It's a moving tale made more so because even after he's "won," Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs.
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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