Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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  1. 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.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    A remarkable film about a remarkable man who's lived the kind of life usually reserved for adventure novels and pulp fiction.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Ynever seen a documentary quite like this one, and aren't likely to again.
  4. 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.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    It's worth seeing simply to make the acquaintance of Tobias, a really extraordinary old guy.
  6. Sometimes disturbing but consistently fascinating.
  7. As compelling as it is bizarre.
    Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    As he explains the male-male relationships and the absence of stigma or judgment, the film soars.
  9. 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.
  10. Meanders, dawdles, doubles back on itself but finally gets us somewhere fascinating and worthwhile.
  11. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    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.
  12. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Bill Gallo
    There's little evidence to suggest Schneebaum was one of the great explorers of the 20th century, or even that he was particularly curious.
  13. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    A fascinating story.
  14. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Story of Tobias Schneebaum, a gay New York artist famous for living with, sleeping with - and, gulp, eating with - cannibals in New Guinea.
  15. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    As an exploration of a man who really did take the road less traveled, the film is fascinating.
  16. 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.
  17. An engaging and colorful but somewhat overbalanced documentary.
  18. 60
    Fascinating, if slightly unfocused, film.
  19. 40
    Schneebaum is a great subject; the film doesn't quite make the most of him.
  20. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    For him (Schneebaum) it's a journey of stunning rediscovery. For us it's the discovery of a brave soul.
  21. He (Tobias) had a life, however, that was way off the charts in its unpredictability, and sharing it with him is fascinating.
  22. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Eve Zibart
    Provides a fascinating glimpse of how the human spirit struggles.

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