The Real Dirt on Farmer John Reviews

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 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
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 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.
March 5, 2006
The Real Dirt on Farmer John is the healthiest film on the block.
February 16, 2006
Even at 82 minutes, the film kind of stagnates and repeats itself.
January 27, 2006
The Real Dirt on Farmer John examines 50-odd years in the life of its eponymous subject -- a most compelling character -- and in doing so literally provides the viewer with food for thought.
January 27, 2006
A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer.
January 19, 2006
Regardless of what you think the movie is about, it has a fascinating subject: John Peterson, farmer, performance artist, author and, at times, a flamboyant thorn in his neighbors' side.
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.
January 19, 2006
This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived.