Finding Joe
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Finding Joe is an exploration of famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The bottom line for all these speakers is that if you follow the so-called hero's journey, you will find fame and fortune. I think we've heard this tune before."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Solomon's approach places didacticism over revelation. The film is weighed down by a barrage of declarations from zealots in which wisdom is intertwined with the self-evident and platitudinous."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Useful and arguably illuminating documentary introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A multidimensional film featuring commentaries from writers and filmmakers on how Joseph Campbell's hero's journey finds expression in our lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Finding Joe feels like a homemade quilt: It's warm and comforting, but visually busy, with a repeating pattern that some will find stuffy and overwhelming."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Earnest attempt to introduce Joseph Campbell's philosophy looks and feels like an infomercial."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The film quickly becomes redundant, and there's a self-congratulatory smugness to it that's off-putting."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Everyone's comments are thoughtful and articulate but everyone stays "on message" so steadfastly that no dialogue ever ensues. It's 20 people giving the same lecture."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Nicely shot and edited but generally employs a standard "talking heads" approach and lectures more than it engages. It is strongest whenever it quotes (Joseph) Campbell directly."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
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