Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
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  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 7, 2013
    It's a story that could only happen in an era of YouTube and American Idol. Well-chronicled and fascinating, Don't Stop Believin' is a cinematic journey well worth taking.
  2. Reviewed by: Geoff Edgers
    Mar 7, 2013
    In the end, that debate might not matter, anyway. What makes Don’t Stop Believin’  work is that we’re along for every step of Pineda’s journey, from his not-so-stunning first day of auditioning to his performances in front of huge crowds to his backstage massages from a masseuse (presumably the band’s).
  3. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Mar 6, 2013
    This is the main problem I had with Don't Stop Believing: Everyman's Journey. On several occasions, the most interesting human details are either left out or barely commented on by the filmmakers, resulting in a documentary that skirts dangerously close to hagiography.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 7, 2013
    The film leans a little too heavily on Pineda's wide-eyed disbelief at his sudden turn of fortune, leaving a feeling that it could dig deeper into the history and dynamics of the band. Yet Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 7, 2013
    Although the overlong film skirts with hagiography, at times feeling more like a promotional DVD extra than an objective account, it nonetheless has an undeniable emotional pull thanks to its fairy tale-like narrative.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Mar 5, 2013
    It’s a moving tale made more so because even after he’s “won,” Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 6, 2013
    It’s hard not to feel that there’s something missing from Don’t Stop Believin’, though. The movie doesn’t necessarily need to be dark, but Diaz barely touches on the downside of the Internet age — such as the nasty messages Pineda received from racist Journey fans — or how it feels to sing someone else’s words in someone else’s voice, night after night.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 7, 2013
    The best material in the film is the loosest, capturing the perpetually insecure and overcompensating Pineda in his early concerts, leaping, bouncing, careening around as if every moment in every song were an audition for the next moment in the next song.
  9. Reviewed by: Adam Lowes
    May 21, 2014
    At 100 minutes, the film runs dangerously close to outstaying its welcome, but like its subject matter, Diaz's Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is both amiable and appealing.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 8, 2013
    It's a cold-blooded business — and all sentiment aside, it's clear that Pineda is as replaceable as anyone.
  11. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    Mar 1, 2013
    It’s nice to watch the members marvel unendingly over their new find, while Pineda himself presents an ideal image of gratitude and hard work.
  12. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 14, 2013
    Two things hold back Don't Stop Believin' as a documentary. The first is that it presents the world of Journey and the people in it through such a lens of love and light that it begins to seem like a publicity film...The second flaw is that it leaves out vital information. It doesn't, for example, answer the big question, "What happened to Steve?"
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 5, 2013
    Unfortunately for this rock documentary, this fan-to-frontman saga is not that interesting a turn.
  14. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 7, 2013
    Pineda is lovely, but I stopped believin’ in this documentary long before it was over.
  15. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 7, 2013
    This one-note documentary from Ramona S. Diaz is as hostile to conflict as the group’s songs themselves.
  16. Mar 3, 2013
    Sadly, those looking for any insight into Journey from Ramona Diaz's documentary are going to have to look elsewhere.

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