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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
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  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.

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