Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011)

As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars and once again pins its hopes on a new leader's promise for change, the feature length documentary, "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" is a timely tribute to an… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
97%
Flixster
User Score
78%

Available Online



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

"Phil Ochs" not only is a good look at a man who carved a small but important niche into the folk world but a good record of the turbulent 1960s and what motivated its protesters.

Full review…
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Top-notch documentary on edgy protest singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s Phil Ochs.

Full review…
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The short and tragic life of Phil Ochs is as involving as the music he wrote and played, and that is saying a great deal.

Full review…
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.

Full review…
Jennifer Merin
About.com

This brilliantly composed docu about Phil Ochs not only captures the power of the singer/songwriter's personality, it reveals the period's social and poltical strife by following events in his career and reflected in his lyrics.

Full review…
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A compassionate but not uncritical portrait of an artist whose creativity and vulnerability were inseparable from the political distemper of his era.

Full review…
John Anderson
Variety

A warts-and-all portrait of a singer and his celebrity, Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is an overdue look at the '60s folk movement's anti-Dylan.

Full review…
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Kenneth Bowser's loving but honest documentary gives him his proper due as an important artist, without sugarcoating his troubled, and eventually self-destructive, nature.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This soon-to-be beloved documentary may have the inspiration it needs, but without a larger budget to put this documentary together it is extremely dull. The… More