Jodorowsky's Dune Reviews

April 2, 2019
A hopeful documentary, pointing to the fact that Jodorowsky's unfilmed masterpiece will never be dead in the water.
January 8, 2019
Art doesn't have to be a Sisyphean feat in order to mean something ( ... ) a better version of our timeline is not automatically waiting at the other end.
August 31, 2018
Pavich makes great use of the legendary and massive Dune flipbook Jodorowsky touted around Hollywood in the mid-'70s.
August 31, 2018
Its leading man is one of the most charming, charismatic figures you'll see in any movie, fact or fiction, all year.
November 21, 2017
Considering the reaction to the Lynch film, the legend of Jodorowsky's Dune may prove more impressive than a finished film.
August 22, 2017
[Frank] Pavich has constructed one of the most exhilarating documentaries I've ever seen because his true subject is creativity.
April 5, 2016
For lovers of visionary films, this one is a gem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2015
From Star Wars to Alien to Blade Runner, without Jodorowsky who knows what science-fiction would look like today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2014
Buffs with a love for cinema's secret history must make tracks for this extraordinary documentary ASAP.