Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 80
    Congratulations to Robb Moss for making such a crowd-pleaser. But more importantly, congratulations to Moss for having such interesting friends.
  2. Other documentaries have crisscrossed between time frames, but Moss' beguiling The Same River Twice represents one of the most effective uses of the device.
  3. The title of Robb Moss' documentary, The Same River Twice, draws directly from Greek philosopher Heraclitus' claim that "It is impossible to step in the same river twice."
  4. Intimate, quietly illuminating documentary.
  5. 70
    Far from an arthritic exercise in hippie nostalgia. There is a seasoned richness and vivid specificity to these lives, for all their hurts and losses. Yet the movie is shot through with an undeniable note of elegiac wistfulness.
  6. 70
    Moss offers few startling revelations, but gently gets at the truth of his subjects' lives by playing the past against the present.
  7. A piercingly poignant then-and-now portrait of five friends.
  8. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Has the built-in curiosity value of watching real people evolve on camera -- a fascination increased by subjects' original, variably sustained commitment to countercultural ideals.
  9. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    70
    If you can get past the "Big Chill" setup, there is a fine piece of moviemaking here.
  10. Moss has an acute feeling for structure and juxtaposition and for the quality and sensibility of his friends.
  11. The old footage is definitely compelling, but once Moss trains his focus on the quotidian present, the movie takes on too much water to stay afloat.
  12. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    60
    The filmmaker presents a portrait of the emotional and physical effects of aging and maturity that is occasionally poignant but not particularly deep.
  13. It's a generous document of cultural passage, and not incidentally, the sexiest naturally nudist American movie since Murnau's "Tabu." Moss, however, keeps himself out of the picture and neglects massive amounts of context that might've made Same River a stunner.
  14. 50
    Only marginally interesting.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Youth recedes, the body decays, life is a compromised thing: These are truths. But they're not fresh truths, and Moss's riverdogs are hardly the first to have discovered them.
  16. The movie offers glimmers of truth about the aging process, but there is always the sense that Moss only wades knee-high into this river.

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