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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the movie's intimate nature, Siegel deftly broadens his view to observe the culture and conditions of contemporary American farming. Don't be surprised if, by the finish, you wind up fantasizing about your own rural homestead. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    In many ways, it's a painful story, but it's also full of curious triumphs and outlandish redemptions. show more

  • 100
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    We've seen documentaries with more daring themes, greater drama, sharper craft and timelier subject matter. But few have been as affecting as The Real Dirt on Farmer John. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    It’s fascinating that this portrait of the rise, fall and rise of Midwestern organic farmer John Peterson can be read in so many different ways, only some of which appear intentionally in Taggart Siegel’s sympathetic documentary about his friend and fellow artist. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times

    Though its title suggests an exposé on Dodger Dogs, the movie is the moving, inspirational account of John Peterson's discovery of an almost divine calling in the land beneath his feet. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Offers one man's extraordinary life as a gateway to a larger history of tragedy and transition. It's an unflinching account of what farming takes -- and, more important, what it gives back. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas Variety

    Examines 50-odd years in the life of its eponymous subject -- a most compelling character -- and in doing so literally provides the viewer with food for thought. show more

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