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  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    The Source does hold enough anthropological value to please some audiences. Despite lacking the recognition factor and lurid tragedy of a phenomenon like Jonestown, the story should attract viewers on the small screen. show more

  • 75
    Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times

    Anyone interested in the appeal of cults and the psychological lure of a charismatic leader will appreciate The Source Family. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    More than just a footnote to a wayward period of cultural history, The Source Family portrays an American type, the transcendent charlatan, a latter-day Gatsby, not of material riches but of the soul. show more

  • 75
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    The latest addition to the booming library of docs archiving the Nixon-Nam era, this magnetic pop-history memorial has everything: free sex, celebrity, psychedelic rock, polygamy and beyond. show more

  • 75
    Brandon Harris The Playlist

    The Source Family is a comprehensive and fair-minded look at the life and times of an inspired, mystified and possible deranged man. show more

  • 70
    Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times

    Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism. show more

  • 60
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Unearthing a decent sample of these former members, as well as a wealth of archival film and photographs, the directors elicit testimony that’s diversely sharp, spacey, nostalgic and heartbreaking. show more

  • 40
    Michelle Orange Village Voice

    With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time. show more

  • 58
    Sam Adams The A.V. Club

    Watching the movie is like riffling through an author’s index cards: It’s all detail and no big picture. show more

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