Examined Life Reviews

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
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.
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.
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 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.
Top Critic
February 25, 2009
February 23, 2009
In bringing philosophy to the street, the director unwittingly points up the disconnect between the academic inclination to think critically and the apparent indifference of the masses.
January 23, 2009
A mere taste of these big and radical notions, all of them life-changing at full dosage levels, seems like a bit of a tease.