Finding Joe
Finding Joe (2011)

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… More

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Release Date: September 30, 2011
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Useful and arguably illuminating documentary introduction to the work of Joseph Campbell.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Earnest attempt to introduce Joseph Campbell's philosophy looks and feels like an infomercial.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the pic's colorful surface.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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.

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