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
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
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.
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 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 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.
April 17, 2009
Illuminating, even moving.
March 8, 2009
In Examined Life, a lively assembly of philosophers ponder the question: "What's at stake here?"
February 26, 2009
Endlessly thought-provoking at every turn, this iconoclastic documentary offers the opportunity for a transcendental experience amounting to this critic's most satisfying cinematic experience of 2009 thus far.
February 26, 2009
Taylor introduces a degree of playfulness and unpredictability that becomes the movie's M.O.
February 26, 2009
Philosophy as a film subject doesn't usually sell many tickets, but hopefully Examined Life will be the exception. This penetrating documentary covers some of the more original thinking of the last several years through interviews with engaging pro
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