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A commune of people takes up residence in a Hollywood mansion before fleeing to Hawaii.

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Critic Reviews for The Source Family

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5)

  • The former disciples interviewed here, now mostly professionals or entrepreneurs in New Agey businesses, seem frank about their leader's excesses, but the wild subject matter cries out for a more objective treatment.

    June 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [An] artfully executed and engrossing documentary ...

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism ...

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While the movie isn't up to much more than illustrating how far his reach extends (two of the commune members live in Yelm, Thurston County), it's a very agreeable entertainment.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Great stories don't always make for great documentaries, although it's easy to confuse the two.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The former disciples interviewed here, now mostly professionals or entrepreneurs in New Agey businesses, seem frank about their leader's excesses, but the wild subject matter cries out for a more objective treatment.

    June 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [An] artfully executed and engrossing documentary ...

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism ...

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to be somewhat engrossed by Father Yod, even if the package presented is less enjoyable than it is textbook-designed, which is kind of funny given the bizarre and rebellious nature of the subject.

    August 27, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • I will probably never stop searching trying to find out exactly what the "secret blood rituals" they refer to in the movie are.

    March 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Source Family

  • Mar 10, 2017
    There's something insanely engrossing about seeing real footage of cults. Stemming from the suburban paranoia of the fifties, cults have always been seen as the black hole from which engaged, bright teenagers disappear forever. Legions of drug addicted, listless, pothead young people, flocked to the arms of the omnipotent Father Yod, leader of the Source Family; who are the subjects of this documentary. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/18/the-source-family
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