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Jodorowsky's Dune Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
This hypothetical hype-fest is alternately gonzo and tedious, though Jodorowsky can be an engaging self-promoter. There are some nice touches but it's all a bit much: too much of a muchness; too much hypo-hype; too much obsessing over what will never be.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 19, 2014
"Flash Gordon" probably looked cool at the storyboard stage, too. If "Jodo" was such a genius, why didn't he make some other masterpiece instead?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
June 27, 2014
Will make you wish Hollywood would have given Jodorowsky everything he needed (or that we could at least Kickstart the difference).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Schindel
May 30, 2014
This film lives and breathes on the enthusiasm of its main character. Jodorowsky's passion for his craft is infectious and inspiring. Otherwise, it's a strictly routine affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
David Berry
National Post
April 10, 2014
Few of us get to change the world, but fewer still have the vision and ambition of Jodorowsky, and it's a heady thrill just to be in his orbit for a little while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
February 1, 2014
Director Pavich, his first time at bat, has crafted an unalloyed pleasure of a documentary, especially for those of us who care about Dune, about sci-fi, and about the value and power of creative passion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Beck
July 7, 2014
It's a fascinating glimpse into the creative process, told from the points of view of the people who worked so hard on the project 40 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Witney Seibold
March 6, 2014
This is a film that is largely about Jodorowsky himself... but also about the way sci-fi movies have grown, changed, and mutated over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
March 27, 2014
We're free to imagine what might have been, and in doing so, Jodorowsky's Dune is fun, occasionally mind-blowing hooey.
Ian Gilchrist
September 11, 2013
In an interesting coda, many examples are cited that may or may not be instances of the creative team recycling designs and ideas in other films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 19, 2014
This is the ultimate cinephile 'what if' story...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 18, 2014
Fascinating and perversely uplifting ...
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 24, 2014
Jodorowsky is a mesmerizing presence in director Frank Pavich's engrossing picture. He was 84 when much of it was shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
September 15, 2014
The year's must-see doco for movie buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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