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. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    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.
  6. A piercingly poignant then-and-now portrait of five friends.
  7. 70
    Moss offers few startling revelations, but gently gets at the truth of his subjects' lives by playing the past against the present.
  8. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    If you can get past the "Big Chill" setup, there is a fine piece of moviemaking here.
  9. Moss has an acute feeling for structure and juxtaposition and for the quality and sensibility of his friends.
  10. 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.
  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.

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