Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The film underscores the paradox in this man's life: the split between the mild-mannered New Yorker and the fearless vagabond who joined an Arakmbut hunting raid.
  2. As compelling as it is bizarre.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    88
    Ynever seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again.
  4. A remarkable film about a remarkable man who's lived the kind of life usually reserved for adventure novels and pulp fiction.
  5. Meanders, dawdles, doubles back on itself but finally gets us somewhere fascinating and worthwhile.
  6. For him (Schneebaum) it's a journey of stunning rediscovery. For us it's the discovery of a brave soul.
  7. He (Tobias) had a life, however, that was way off the charts in its unpredictability, and sharing it with him is fascinating.
  8. 75
    The Shapiros wisely focus on the mystery of this man, who was spectacularly ill-prepared for both of his jungle journeys, and apparently walked away from civilization prepared to rely on the kindness of strangers.
  9. Sometimes disturbing but consistently fascinating.
  10. A fascinating story.
  11. 75
    Story of Tobias Schneebaum, a gay New York artist famous for living with, sleeping with - and, gulp, eating with - cannibals in New Guinea.
  12. As an exploration of a man who really did take the road less traveled, the film is fascinating.
  13. It's worth seeing simply to make the acquaintance of Tobias, a really extraordinary old guy.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Fascinating, if slightly unfocused, film.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    60
    The Shapiros, whose film is intercut with hilarious clips from vintage TV interviews with Mike Douglas and Charlie Rose, ultimately reveal a frail but mentally robust old man.
  16. An engaging and colorful but somewhat overbalanced documentary.
  17. The obvious thing is to say that Keep the River on Your Right has unfortunately bitten off more than it can chew -- but not more than we can digest.
  18. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    As he explains the male-male relationships and the absence of stigma or judgment, the film soars.
  19. Reviewed by: Eve Zibart
    50
    Provides a fascinating glimpse of how the human spirit struggles.
  20. 40
    Gay jungle sex (gasp!), gone-native intellectuals, tribal rituals (gulp!), cannibalism (none of which the film shows, by the way) -- it sounds like a "Weekly World News" front page, not the thematic fodder of a highbrow non-fiction film.
  21. 40
    Schneebaum is a great subject; the film doesn't quite make the most of him.
  22. 20
    There's little evidence to suggest Schneebaum was one of the great explorers of the 20th century, or even that he was particularly curious.

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