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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2011
Top-notch documentary on edgy protest singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s Phil Ochs.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jennifer Merin
July 26, 2011
This brilliantly composed docu about Phil Ochs not only captures the power of the singer/songwriter's personality, it reveals the period's social and poltical strife by following events in his career and reflected in his lyrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 13, 2011
Kenneth Bowser's loving but honest documentary gives him his proper due as an important artist, without sugarcoating his troubled, and eventually self-destructive, nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
It's a bit too worshipful, but certainly fills in the gaps in our knowledge of the life and times of the late 1960s singer-songwriter.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 31, 2011
An engaging, sobering documentary that celebrates his life and music while suggesting that in the Dylan-Ochs rivalry, Ochs never had a chance.
| Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
March 19, 2011
... a "must see" for those who lived through the turbulent 1960s, and those who today question our country's continuing engagement in foreign wars.
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2011
"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.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 11, 2011
Proves his work is still relevant, even if you don't know the words.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 11, 2011
If nothing else, this film serves as a neat introduction to the music that helped create the anti-Vietnam War movement and define a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
March 10, 2011
Ken Bowser's film biography of a seminal American protest singer of the '60s and '70s is conventionally told but also informative and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
February 18, 2011
First-time filmmakers Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver trained their cameras on Lemmy for three years and the results paid off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 18, 2011
A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 18, 2011
More than just a biopic of the famed troubadour, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is also a brief, brisk, brilliant history of social turmoil in America in the '60s.
Jason Anderson
February 18, 2011
Despite all the sadness and disappointment in his story, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is an invigorating survey of its subject's life and times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Rosen
February 6, 2011
This film, which shows Ochs' life -- flaws and all -- offers up a history lesson to those who are not that familiar with his musical work and societal contributions, and for Phil Ochs it provides some overdue recognition.
Christopher Null
January 27, 2011
keenly contrived
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
January 27, 2011
...keenly contrived
| Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 24, 2011
A touching look at a great American performer with a moral about ambition as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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