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  • Summary: The Source Family were the darlings of the Sunset Strip until their communal living, outsider ideals and spiritual leader, Father Yod's 13 wives became an issue with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise.
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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