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The Nature of Existence Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 30, 2010
After 90 minutes of scattershot quips, I felt like I was wearing spiritual beer goggles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 3, 2010
A journey that prizes intellectual search over simplistic solutions, and if you come to it with a similar attitude you should enjoy ambling along.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2010
Freewheeling and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 16, 2010
Certainly there are filmgoers who enjoy this kind of noncommittal metaphysical quest. I am not one of them. It makes me think that the filmmaker is more interested in showing us his vacation slides instead of sharing any real insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Cornelius
July 10, 2010
It's overly, apologetically polite in its efforts to cover all the bases.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 8, 2010
A fascinating film that shows us just how crazy we are for even trying to answer the big questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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John Anderson
July 6, 2010
While it will strike some as smug and others as sincere, pic certainly has a feel-good tone and playful attitude.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2010
Inquiring into the reasons human beings exist, filmmaker Roger Nygard uncovers this stunner: Various people have different opinions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
July 2, 2010
As a conversation starter ... it's an affable appetizer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
June 30, 2010
The problem is that Nygard is not a showman (like Moore) and the journey quickly loses its appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 18, 2010
A smart, engrossing, and entertaining crash course in the study of What It All Means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
June 18, 2010
His film is no more profound than its forerunners, but it's quicker, funnier and less pretentious.
| Original Score: 3/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 18, 2010
An enlightening, provocative and captivating spiritual journey well worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.35/10
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2010
A genial, low-impact collection of thoughtful sound bites on all the big stuff.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
June 17, 2010
Engaging but ironically lightweight, The Nature of Existence offers differing views about The Meaning of Life.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 16, 2010
Without putting his own impression on his story, Nygard has made The Nature of Existence both a broad, far-reaching exploration of the concept of existence and an affirmation of the individual possession of belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 16, 2010
The Nature of Existence was bound to fall short of its deliberately and ridiculously broad title anyway, but one still wishes for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
June 16, 2010
Nygard's mildly insipid, occasionally condescending tone makes you long for the bombast of early Michael Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
June 15, 2010
There's something a tad disingenuous about the director's quest for meaning, as if the whole arc of the project has been contrived to adhere to a scripted template rather than to document a genuine search.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 19, 2010
Humorously spritual journey which should lead to an interesting discussion after the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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