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  • Summary: Actor, performer, and multiplatinum rock icon Meat Loaf reveals surprising shades of himself--and a fertile, creative mind in constant flux--in this intimate and highly entertaining theatrical feature documentary. The time is early 2007, one of the most stressful in Meat Loaf's career. He's about to launch his most ambitious tour ever, an 18-month-long marathon to support "Bat Out of Hell III", the final album of the legendary "Bat" trilogy. The earlier "Bat" albums were two of the biggest sellers of all time, with combined sales of over 55 million, so a lackluster but respectable performance on this new tour just won't measure up. Meat Loaf's exhausting and often poignant journey takes him from grueling rehearsals in Burbank, California, to the Canadian portion of his tour. Along the way, an unexpected media controversy erupts over the staging of one of his songs--a controversy that raises questions about his art, his age, his relevance--and brings into focus the drive (and demons) that have fueled his over-the-top stage persona for almost 40 years. (Atlas Media Corp.) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feels like a VH1 slice-of-life with all the toppings. Yet it benefits from the fact that even a slice of it's title subject is a full meal.
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    A snapshot rather than a sustained look at Meat Loaf's tumultuous life and career, Klein's film is a revealing glimpse at the late career of a performer who looked a safe bet to die before he got old, then surprised everyone by hanging on long enough to find fans who weren't born when he started out.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Helmer Bruce David Klein's near-reverential treatment is a nice contrast to the rough-and-tumble of tour life.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    In Search of Paradise portrays Meat Loaf as an obsessive, self-punishing performer, striving in vain to put on a live show that matches the visions in his head.
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  1. JimmyS.
    Mar 14, 2008
    Let's just say this film shows you a side of Meat Loaf that you could never is also a poignant portrait of a man both celebrating, and fighting against, his past. It's actually an extremely smart, funny film. Expand