Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune 2011

Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune

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A 1960s folk singer comments on the ills of the society -- both of the right and of the left.

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Critic Reviews for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

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  • "Phil Ochs" not only is a good look at a man who carved a small but important niche into the folk world but a good record of the turbulent 1960s and what motivated its protesters.

    March 17, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The short and tragic life of Phil Ochs is as involving as the music he wrote and played, and that is saying a great deal.

    March 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.

    February 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution.

    January 20, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.

    January 14, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A warts-and-all portrait of a singer and his celebrity, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is an overdue look at the '60s folk movement's anti-Dylan.

    January 5, 2011 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

  • Aug 09, 2011
    This soon-to-be beloved documentary may have the inspiration it needs, but without a larger budget to put this documentary together it is extremely dull. The story is intriguing and Phil Ochs is an amazing human beings, but there is a big chunck of something missing that most great documentaries have, a certain direction with the interviews. I held my hands up with my hands in boredom as I was watching this film, but by the end of the picture, I was facinated by how such an average person became so rich and famous. This was a very solid documentary and I recommend it!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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