Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

This film is an intimate portrait of the poet-musician, Patti Smith.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elegiac and personal, Patti Smith: Dream of Life paints an enduring and sometimes rough portrait of the titular chanteuse, complete with footage onstage and at home.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

For all its transient black-and-white beauties, denies its subject the sort of solid context that would reveal the scale of her achievements. A patchy, frustrating, though loving tribute.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

There's a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film -- for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money.

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

The enormously influential punk rock poet, her music and poetry, and the times in which she flourished are indeed best served by a cinematic style that remains determinedly impressionistic.

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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

That spirit of encountering the world with undying artistic curiosity -- and without a plan -- informs Dream of Life, a drifting portrait of Smith.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Dream of Life barely hints at the transformational energy that Smith exudes in person, but it does paint a portrait of a defiantly creative life.

Kat Brown
Empire Magazine

Sebring's drifting tone might leave you bemused, but take it as it comes and it's a captivating insight into modern music's godmother.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

If you don't already own "Horses," this movie will make you want to go out and buy it. You'll also want to start surfing the Internet to fill in the blanks that Dream of Life fails to include.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Patti Smith: Dream of Life, fashion photographer Steven Sebring's impressionistic study of the most influential of punk poets, disarms and charms with its honesty.

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Hannah Forbes Black

An extraordinarily intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman, Dream of Life charms despite being filmed through a sycophantic haze.

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Eric Broome
Speaking as a long-time Patti Smith fan, I was disappointed with this documentary. She and director Steven Sebring -- who worked on the film for 11 years --… More
Walter M.
Made over a ten year period, "Patti Smith - Dream of Life" is not a film recommended for newcomers to the work of the artist, activist, poet and… More
Lesley N
Filmed over ten years, mostly in black and white, this documentary shows scenes from Patti Smiths life, family and friends and tours. She stands in vivid… More