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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though Bowser uses old footage when possible, the absence of his subject -- who died tragically in 1976 -- is keenly felt. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Kenneth Bowser's terrific documentary is a poignant portrait of an uncompromising artist. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    It's a well-constructed and long-overdue tribute, yet Fortune refrains from delving into larger questions that surround Ochs's work. Did the singer's unwavering dedication to agitpop leave him stranded in the '60s? And does Ochs's diminished legacy among today's essentially apolitical neofolkies amount to a second tragedy? show more

  • 91
    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. show more

  • 80
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    Beautiful and melodic as well as pointedly political. show more

  • 80

    Briskly constructed and rich in Ochs' music and period notables, Kenneth Bowser's film will be a must for the artist's fans, but its fresh take on an overexamined decade should also appeal to Kennedy-era completists. show more

  • 70
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Though hewing to a too-conventional structure, Bowser's film is densely researched enough to yield insights not just into its overlooked subject, but also into his overly analyzed era. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The story told by Mr. Bowser's film is complicated and tragic. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Many of the interviews in the film – conducted with everyone from family members to Christopher Hitchens and Tom Hayden – look to be 10, even 20, years old. Together they concoct a complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man. show more

  • January 22, 2012 reiltim
    Report This User

    It was an excellent documentary - very moving. Phil Ochs the musician - his voice, the music portraying the times so accurately - the courage of being more up front than the other singer/musicians of the 60's --- it's also stunning how little has changed and how relevant his words ring true today.

  • March 02, 2011 Hank
    Report This User

    Phil Ochs was a pivotal personality in my life and it was through his songs and thoughts that I shaped many of my attitudes on life and life in America. This film assembled his life as never before and helped me understand him as a person more than ever. Unfortunately, with its limited release its audience will tend to be Phil's followers, rather than the millions that should know about him and his time and presence . I guess a feature film is the only way to achieve an informed public.

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