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Jodorowsky's Dune Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2016
For lovers of visionary films, this one is a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 25, 2015
An entertaining documentary exploration of what might have been, but also what came to be, thanks to the way the unproduced film ended up having a seminal impact on the future blockbuster landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
March 6, 2015
Not just for fanboys, the documentary is both an entertaining portrait of a unique pop-culture endeavor and an ebullient salute to the creative spirit.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 4, 2015
Pavich shows us many images from the storyboard, and even treats some to a simple form of animation to suggest how the movie might have looked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 4, 2015
Herbert's tale is twisted into a barely recognizable rush of pretentions made entertaining by Jodorowsky's glee in describing them. At age 85 he remains a madman with immense personality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
January 4, 2015
When is a failure not a failure? This isn't a riddle or a trick question, but rather the unique scenario we're compelled to ponder while watching Jodorowsky's Dune.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Semley
NOW Toronto
January 4, 2015
Even if Jodorowsky's movie never got made, his wide-eyed belief in the medium is refreshing in an age when cinema's possibilities feel frustratingly limited.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Treveloni
Film School Rejects
January 4, 2015
From Star Wars to Alien to Blade Runner, without Jodorowsky who knows what science-fiction would look like today.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sarah Ward
Concrete Playground
January 4, 2015
Jodorowsky's Dune may be indulgent, slightly made and steeped in idolatry in its ode to the imagination, but as wild stories unravel, it swiftly becomes apparent that no other approach would have been possible.
Genevieve Valentine
Philadelphia Weekly
January 4, 2015
Jodorowsky's Dune ends up somewhere between the haunting imagery of missed opportunities and a long lunch with a chipper cult leader happy to explain what you missed.
Steve Newall
January 4, 2015
Somehow more inspiring than disappointing, this account of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed effort to bring Dune to the big screen still manages to be a testament to artistic insanity and tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
January 4, 2015
This affectionate documentary from director Frank Pavich tells the story of that lost film, offering copious storyboards and conceptual art, and yet it wisely makes the lively 80-something Jodorowsky the centerpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 27, 2014
[The documentary] has, in Alejandro Jodorowsky himself, an amazing, one-of-a-kind storyteller, whose enthusiasm for the film he didn't get to make is electrifying and magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 26, 2014
Buffs with a love for cinema's secret history must make tracks for this extraordinary documentary ASAP.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2014
Easily one of the most enjoyable documentaries about doomed film productions since Lost in La Mancha...Far from changing the way sci-fi would be, Jodorowsky's Dune could well have been a disaster that could have killed the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
September 22, 2014
Failure has rarely been told with such entertaining dedication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
September 17, 2014
Jodorowsky's worthy of this film, all on his own, but his Dune is certainly a worthy recipient as well. We'll never see it, but we have this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
September 15, 2014
The year's must-see doco for movie buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 12, 2014
The phantom film is, by its nature, always rich with possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5.5
Eric Melin
July 25, 2014
Jodorowsky's 'Dune' could probably have never been as good as 'Jodorowsky's Dune'-- a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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