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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 30, 2014
    100
    Herbert's tale is twisted into a barely recognizable rush of pretentions made entertaining by Jodorowsky's glee in describing them. At age 85 he remains a madman with immense personality, a pinhole visionary insisting his Dune would be a prophecy shaping generations. Jodorowsky's Dune makes a viewer wish he'd gotten the chance.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jan 28, 2014
    91
    Director Pavich, his first time at bat, has crafted an unalloyed pleasure of a documentary, especially for those of us who care about "Dune," about sci-fi, and about the value and power of creative passion.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    May 7, 2014
    89
    As a documentary on the origins and backstory of the unfilmed film, Jodorowsky’s Dune is unsurpassable. More than that, however, it also allows audiences a rare glimpse inside the furiously creative mind of Jodorowsky, who still, at 84, is a wonderfully mad genius of the moving image.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 24, 2013
    80
    Pavich does an admirable job tracking down surviving parties (except for the suspicious-sounding cast), opting for a humorous rather than indignant tone to the interviews.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 21, 2014
    80
    The message to take from Jodorowsky’s Dune: movies once had brains and balls, and lost them.
  6. 75
    A mesmerizing movie, a history lesson about the pre-blockbuster era in science fiction movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 19, 2014
    50
    The doc consists of interviews with the absurdly grandiose Jodorowsky (whose fans include Kanye West) plus acolytes like current director Nicolas Winding Refn and film nerds, all of whom walk us through storyboards and tell us how awesome this “greatest film never made” would have been.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    Such an entertaining view of 'the best movie never made' and its mastermind. You cannot do anything but be inspired by this documentary. I highly recommend watching it no matter whether you're a Dune, sci-fi, movie or cinematography enthusiast. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    10
    An outstanding and captivating look at an artistic genius at work, and what steps true genius must take to maintain their artistic integrity. Far better to have dreamed the dream and not to be able to have it brought to life than to sacrifice your vision and make something that won't stand the test of time. Truly an original, and this candid look at him and his crew at the time is essential viewing for any true artist and visionary. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    A brilliant and subtle reassessment of one man's great dream in the face of the downward spiral of Holywood!
    Jodowrowsky should be granted a
    second chance to create the epic dil he intended to make. Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    Highly enjoyable exploration of an eccentric artists effort to break new ground in cinema. No science fiction fan should miss seeing this impressive near miss at creating a film that could have set the standard for this genre for 25 years. And even unfinished, the concept echoes through the film world with more power than most of the junk that actually made it to celluloid. Collapse
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    8
    A fantastic documentary on the greatest film never made. A movie that could have changed the coarse of history for cinema never got finished because of little bit of money. Expand
  6. Mar 25, 2014
    4
    Who knew cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky spent years on a film version of Frank Herbert's DUNE? JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a true treat for film buffs but the doc suffers from the same platitudes you'd expect from a VH1 documentary. Everything is brilliant, the best, and Jodorowsky is called a genius repeatedly. Really? His DUNE sounds both fascinating and trite at the same time. It would have been wonderful to have this film produced but what would have been the outcome? Planning does not a masterwork make. But Jodorowsky himself is great company and he comes across like an excited kid who carries no bitterness. Bravo to him! Expand

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