Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. The rare case in which a filmmaker's unadulterated worship of his subjects adds force and resonance--and not just luster--to the way that we see them.
  2. Like Workman's other films, it's a time capsule that sings.
  3. 75
    Witty, treasure-filled and nostalgic in the best sense.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    A witty exploration of cultural mythology, while simultaneously contributing to that mythology.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    An ambitious and largely successful documentary testimony-tribute to the founders of the so-called Beat movement.
  6. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    A stirring, kaleidescopic documentary.
  7. Failings do not get in the way of The Source providing a basic primer on the genesis and lasting influence of these cultural icons of the 20th century.
  8. Reviewed by: Rod Dreher
    As a work of historical documentation, The Source suffers from Workman's wholly celebratory take on the movement.
  9. Documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman has a slick and entertaining way of stitching together old footage and practically no analytical or historical insight at all.

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