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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 17, 2013
    83
    The documentary's soundtrack is composed entirely of Source Family music, and some of it's not half bad.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Anyone interested in the appeal of cults and the psychological lure of a charismatic leader will appreciate The Source Family.
  3. Reviewed by: Brandon Harris
    Jun 5, 2013
    75
    The Source Family is a comprehensive and fair-minded look at the life and times of an inspired, mystified and possible deranged man.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    May 16, 2013
    75
    The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 9, 2013
    75
    More than just a footnote to a wayward period of cultural history, The Source Family portrays an American type, the transcendent charlatan, a latter-day Gatsby, not of material riches but of the soul.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 1, 2013
    60
    The Source does hold enough anthropological value to please some audiences. Despite lacking the recognition factor and lurid tragedy of a phenomenon like Jonestown, the story should attract viewers on the small screen.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Unearthing a decent sample of these former members, as well as a wealth of archival film and photographs, the directors elicit testimony that’s diversely sharp, spacey, nostalgic and heartbreaking.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Apr 30, 2013
    60
    The latest addition to the booming library of docs archiving the Nixon-Nam era, this magnetic pop-history memorial has everything: free sex, celebrity, psychedelic rock, polygamy and beyond.
  10. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 1, 2013
    58
    Watching the movie is like riffling through an author’s index cards: It’s all detail and no big picture.
  11. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 30, 2013
    40
    With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time.

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