Examined Life
Examined Life (2009)

This documentary takes a look at the manifestations of contemporary philosophy through interviews with various figures in the field, who examine these existential issues from the vantage point of lively public places, where everyday people… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

You can't help but feel that director Astra Taylor fails at her own challenge of making an academic subject come truly alive as cinema.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An unusual and compelling documentary featuring eight thinkers musing on philosophical matters as they walk in creative places.

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Rob Nelson

Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

For those interested in seeing philosophers on the screen, this engaging movie offers the opportunity to see eight of them walking the streets.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Director-writer Astra Taylor wisely avoids turning this talk fest into a talking heads fest by filming these effusive intellectuals in a variety of visually diverting, real-world environments.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Illuminating, even moving.

Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

The ones that work, Cornel West and Peter Singer for example, are intriguing and compelling but they don't all hang together so effortlessly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Adriel Lim
Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.