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  • Summary: The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John transforms his world amidst a failing economy,vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming
    with the power of art and free expression,this quintessentially American story
    The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John transforms his world amidst a failing economy,vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming
    with the power of art and free expression,this quintessentially American story heralds a resurrection of farming in America. (Slow Hand Releasing)
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  1. 100
    We've seen documentaries with more daring themes, greater drama, sharper craft and timelier subject matter. But few have been as affecting as The Real Dirt on Farmer John.
  2. 88
    This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived.
  3. 80
    Though its title suggests an exposé on Dodger Dogs, the movie is the moving, inspirational account of John Peterson's discovery of an almost divine calling in the land beneath his feet.
  4. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    80
    At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable.
  5. A loose, amiable documentary tracking several decades in the life of this most unusual farmer.
  6. In many ways, it's a painful story, but it's also full of curious triumphs and outlandish redemptions.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Examines 50-odd years in the life of its eponymous subject -- a most compelling character -- and in doing so literally provides the viewer with food for thought.

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  1. SteveL.
    Feb 17, 2006
    10
    The film reflects the struggles of American family farmers over the last fifty years and, more importantly, the universal Hero
  2. Sandy
    Jan 21, 2006
    8
    An extremely interesting documentary. Well done,well paced And if you enjoy documentaries,see this!!