The Real Dirt on Farmer John Reviews

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April 25, 2008
It also, not incidentally, an inspiring vision of the way forward for food production, a portrait of what Peterson calls "a dead farm coming back to life". After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, it may be just the antidote you need.
October 21, 2007
Inspiring, instructive, humorous, dramatic and moving, The Real Dirt on Farmer John is something special
September 17, 2007
The Real Dirt on Farmer John offers no discovery or mystery into the Peterson family or their farm, only matter-of-fact self-importance.
July 27, 2007
Yes, John Peterson is a flake, but he's a likable oddball, a rebel you can get behind.
July 26, 2007
... outstanding documentary ...
July 26, 2007
It's fascinating that this portrait of the rise, fall and rise of Midwestern organic farmer John Peterson can be read in so many different ways, only some of which appear intentionally in Taggart Siegel's sympathetic documentary.
July 25, 2007
Of interest even to those not particularly interested in the subject of farming.
July 20, 2007
Despite an occasional tendency to ramble on and hold forth, it stands as a worthwhile tale of down-home alternative Americana.
July 19, 2007
A triumph of baby boomer ideals, that work and art can and ought to coexist.
July 6, 2007
Like its title character, The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a simple, effective movie with a lot on its mind.
July 6, 2007
A beguiling combination of agrarian ode and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, deepened by Peterson's square sincerity as he struggles to find himself in relation to his family's land.
July 5, 2007
The Real Dirt on Farmer John turns into a portrait of how American family farming could blossom for a new century.
June 23, 2007
June 22, 2007
'What do you do when nothing is left?' is the question that drives The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
June 22, 2007
Taggart Siegel's loving portrait of eccentric farmer John Peterson is an epic writ small that focuses on a life lived almost entirely on a Caledonia, Ill., farm yet encompasses six decades of changing American social mores and economic upheavals.
June 22, 2007
It does leave you smiling -- and just a little bit hungry.
June 22, 2007
Don't be surprised if, by the finish, you wind up fantasizing about your own rural homestead.
June 22, 2007
June 21, 2007
What a blessing this film is, for everyone who's chosen the road less taken, and even perhaps for anyone who's stood in their way.
June 20, 2007
At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable.
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