Commune (2006)

During the social upheaval of the early 1970s, utopian communities dotted the American landscape. They aimed to reshape the world with "free love" and common property, and they excited controversy and fear amongst local residents… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Commune channels a bygone era of drop-outs living an American dream on the Free Love frontier. This is the happy alternative to the apocalyptic California sub-cultures of Charles Manson and the Rev. Jim Jones.

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

Fitfully interesting, but would have benefited from tighter focus and finer detail.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Kinda down-to-earth comments make Commune kinda intriguing.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Watching Jonathan Berman's affectionate documentary, Commune, about the influential establishment in Siskiyou County, brought to mind the recent documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

It's good to hear people talking about openheartedness without irony.

Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

Examines what life was like at an idealized, hippie oasis back in the Sixties. Not exactly groovy, or anybody's idea of nirvana, dude.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Commune gets at the central, seductive paradoxes inherent in so much counterculture belief and practice.

Noel Murray
AV Club

It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.

Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

An intriguing, entertaining and engaging documentary. My only criticism -- I simply wanted to know so much more.

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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Commune" is a satisfactory documentary about the Black Bear Ranch which was founded in 1968 by Richard and Elsa Marley as a… More