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Not Rated In Theaters 01/5/2011 , 97min.
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January 22, 2012
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
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

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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Beautiful and melodic as well as pointedly political. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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