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Examined Life (2009)

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Critic Consensus: With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.

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This documentary takes a look at the manifestations of contemporary philosophy through interviews with various figures in the field, who examine these existential issues from the vantage point of lively public places, where everyday people demonstrate their views and values through the most clear and innocuous ways. Some of the guests featured in the film include Cornel West, Avital Ronell, and Peter Singer. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Examined Life

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

You can't help but feel that director Astra Taylor fails at her own challenge of making an academic subject come truly alive as cinema.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.

September 1, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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Director-writer Astra Taylor wisely avoids turning this talk fest into a talking heads fest by filming these effusive intellectuals in a variety of visually diverting, real-world environments.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.

April 24, 2009 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.

April 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Illuminating, even moving.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
Denver Post
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Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.

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