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  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    An entirely unconventional, hypnotic, meandering film. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    As we learn, delightfully so, in Jeffrey Fox Jacobs' documentary A Sidewalk Astronomer, the Peking-born Dobson promotes the building and use of small, inexpensive telescopes to study the wonders of the sky. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Some of his theories seem cockamamie compared with current intellectual norms, though, so it's too bad the filmmakers don't give him time to make a coherent case. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    An amateur in the best sense of the word, Dobson is an engaging ambassador for a life of the mind lived firmly in the real world. show more

  • 70
    Lawrence Van Gelder The New York Times

    An inspiring film about an inspired teacher. It should leave all viewers with an ounce of curiosity eager to hit the streets with Dobsonian telescopes of their own. show more

  • 70
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Entertaining, painlessly educational documentary. show more

  • 70
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    A documentary that knows to sit back and listen as [Dobson] expounds on a variety of subjects. show more

  • 60
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Jacobs focuses almost exclusively on Dobson's theories and mission, which he illustrates by contrasting jaw-dropping images of the sun's surface with people ignoring Dobson's entreaties to "Come look at the sun." show more

  • 60
    Benjamin Strong Village Voice

    An unenlightening recitation of lay science and salad bar spirituality that could only resonate with those audiences who last year actually flocked to a movie called "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" show more

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