Examined Life Reviews

November 17, 2011
September 14, 2010
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
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
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.
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 17, 2009
Illuminating, even moving.
February 26, 2009
Taylor introduces a degree of playfulness and unpredictability that becomes the movie's M.O.
February 25, 2009
Part of the fun of Examined Life comes from watching these very intelligent thinkers try to make themselves intelligible.
February 25, 2009
Top Critic
February 25, 2009
February 24, 2009
The viewer basks in the intelligence on-screen and, occasionally, soaks up the rays.
January 23, 2009
A hugely successful and provocative attempt at elevating the tone of public discussion, and inviting some great minds along to help smooth the bumpy ride ahead of us all in 2009.
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.