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Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Oct 20, 2011
    20
    It comprises some 20 talking heads, each pretty much saying the same thing, interspersed with film of children dressed up as mythical heroes, enacting the stages of the "hero's journey."
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    Finding Joe is so centered on the self-realization of the individual that it provokes one to contemplate the millions of oppressed, imperiled people that haven't the luxury of pursuing such an inner quest.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Oct 13, 2011
    50
    Campbell's admirers will probably enjoy the documentary, but I don't think it will do much for anyone else.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 27, 2011
    25
    Finding Joe maintains that every person should, as Joseph Campbell wrote, "find your bliss," a potentially valuable nugget of wisdom that this film manages to reduce to 80 minutes of celebs giving themselves hugs.
  5. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 28, 2011
    75
    Finding Joe feels like a homemade quilt: It's warm and comforting, but visually busy, with a repeating pattern that some will find stuffy and overwhelming.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Sep 27, 2011
    50
    Everyone's comments are thoughtful and articulate but everyone stays "on message" so steadfastly that no dialogue ever ensues. It's 20 people giving the same lecture.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 4, 2011
    50
    Campbell's career and influence encompass much wider fields of interest than are considered here, despite the picture's colorful surface. Narrowing its focus to the simplest inspirational gist, with zero insight into the man behind it, Finding Joe winds up seeming like an infomercial for a personal-growth program.

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