Examined Life Reviews

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November 17, 2011
September 14, 2010
February 25, 2010
An unusual and compelling documentary featuring eight thinkers musing on philosophical matters as they walk in creative places.
November 27, 2009
For those interested in seeing philosophers on the screen, this engaging movie offers the opportunity to see eight of them walking the streets.
November 20, 2009
The ones that work, Cornel West and Peter Singer for example, are intriguing and compelling but they don't all hang together so effortlessly.
November 20, 2009
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
A fascinating introduction to the big issues in modern philosophy, presented with a pleasantly light touch.
November 20, 2009
Never dull, but it will make your head hurt.
November 20, 2009
Each of the half-dozen or so thinkers gets around 20 minutes to maunder on - simultaneously not long enough and far too long. Frustratingly, no subject is investigated in depth, and the glibness is dull.
November 20, 2009
This is an addictive and stimulating experience all round.
November 20, 2009
Eccentric but always accessible, Taylor's boff-doc avoids the idiosyncrasy that her work has previously exhibited. In bringing philosophy into the real world, Examined Life is at once illuminating and intellectually stimulating.
November 20, 2009
A film that can haunt you for the rest of your life.
October 23, 2009
Although a sporadically stimulating and thoroughly challenging exercise, Examined Life too often feels like a forum for brainy big-thinkers' annoying penchant for being as inscrutable as possible.
September 1, 2009
Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.
May 1, 2009
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.
April 30, 2009
Yes, examining philosophy for the greater effect it can have is admiral but it seems to get lost as the film jumps from one personality to another.
April 24, 2009
There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.
April 23, 2009
To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.
April 23, 2009
She gives eight thinkers 10 minutes each to unload on tough topics like the meaning of life and right and wrong and comes up mostly with a lot of platitudes about treating other people nice.
April 18, 2009
Watching "Examined Life" is sort of like sitting on a plane next to a total stranger who insists on making conversation. Except this is that one time out of 100 when the stranger turns out to be a completely fascinating person.
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