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

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: September 30, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

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.

Full review…
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.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

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

Full review…
Dennis Harvey

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

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.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
More reviews for Finding Joe