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The Real Dirt on Farmer John Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2006
Even at 82 minutes, the film kind of stagnates and repeats itself.
January 26, 2006
Despite the film's goofy title and quirky imagery, it's a hugely depressing tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 28, 2006
It plays like a film version of a long feature article that you begin reading in The New Yorker because it sounds so fascinating, only to abandon it halfway through when you realize that it doesn't really have that much to say after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2006
Too much of this self-congratulatory one-man-show in the guise of a documentary remains real...muddy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2006
This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
May 18, 2006
By the time the end credits come along, you're about ready to pat your new friend on the back, careful to avoid ruffling that feathered boa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2006
Ultimately, it is hopeful in its depiction of the creativity that helped Peterson -- who also wrote and speaks the film's somewhat flowery narration -- rebound from the farm crisis that had him over a barrel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 24, 2006
Even though you fear they will join hands and sing 'Kumbaya,' it is inspiring to see people come together to make sure something good and fundamental doesn't pass away.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2007
Like its title character, The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a simple, effective movie with a lot on its mind.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2006
A genuine, no-frills, working person's story of giving as much to the world as you reap from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
Couldn't help loving this film, it gets under your skin like real dirt under your nails after some farm work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 6, 2006
By the end, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" has been an epic journey of one man who has already been faced with enough hardships that it looks like he has nothing to worry about for the rest of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2006
Effectively links the political and artistic rebellions of the '60s to the ecological movements of today, while mounting a strong case against the effects of today's agribusiness monoliths.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
It does leave you smiling -- and just a little bit hungry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2006
a personal journey that also stands as homage to a severely threatened American lifestyle and offers hope
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 20, 2007
Despite an occasional tendency to ramble on and hold forth, it stands as a worthwhile tale of down-home alternative Americana.
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