• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 5, 2011
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 5, 2011
    60
    In contrast to Scorsese's other work, like his Bob Dylan documentary and "The Last Waltz," George Harrison feels like it doesn't get far below the surface.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 5, 2011
    83
    The exhaustive nature of it, and the intimacy that Scorsese and his collaborators develop with both their subject and those who knew him, makes it into something more than a three-plus hour rehash of an oft-told tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 4, 2011
    100
    Beautifully filmed, George Harrison: Living in the Material World is especially good on the singer-guitarist's post-Beatles life as he sought enlightenment in Eastern religions. [10 Oct 2011, p.40]
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 5, 2011
    70
    Living in the Material World finds plenty to say, though, particularly in the final two hours, when Olivia Harrison's honesty contributes mightily to Scorsese's portrait of an artist more interesting than some of us may have realized.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 7, 2011
    83
    Living in the Material World falls short of Scorsese's terrific two-part PBS film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 4, 2011
    90
    This may be the better work [than "No Direction Home"], for its depth of feeling and its relatively more forthcoming and knowable subject.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 4, 2011
    60
    For its epic investment, Living in the Material World still feels like only part of the story.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 5, 2011
    70
    Martin Scorsese's affectionate, exhaustive two-part HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Harrison's easily mocked mysticism has rarely seemed as sincere and hard-won as it does in Scorsese's respectful, 3 1/2-hour profile.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Oct 5, 2011
    70
    Living in the Material World foregrounds [George Harrison's] qualities so pointedly that it seems to be channeling the personality of its subject. It's a problematic, at times off-putting, but ultimately fascinating work, moving through George's life with its own mysterious internal logic.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 4, 2011
    80
    An absorbing and beautifully made film in its own right, whose 208 minutes mostly fly by.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 4, 2011
    75
    At 208 minutes, Scorsese has accomplished the best documentary that is probably possible.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 17, 2011
    50
    That Living in the Material World shines scant illuminating light on Harrison's story is all the more frustrating for its immense length.
  13. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    Oct 4, 2011
    75
    Composed of extraordinary source footage, most entirely unseen before, that combines newsreels, U.S. and British television shows, home movies and hundreds of rare photographs blended with the requisite talking-head interviews.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 11, 2012
    10
    This is probably the most entertaining documentary I have ever watched, personally. I think anyone from the hard-core Beatles fans to theThis is probably the most entertaining documentary I have ever watched, personally. I think anyone from the hard-core Beatles fans to the casual Beatles fans will appreciate the quality footage and interviews. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2011
    9
    This documentary takes its time, slowly revealing the character of this legendary man.. the footage is raw and personal.. much of itThis documentary takes its time, slowly revealing the character of this legendary man.. the footage is raw and personal.. much of it previously unreleased.. i consider myself a pretty knowledgeable Beatles fan, but after watching this, I have a fresh perspective on the band and especially GH songs.. The second half got really emotional for me.. i felt so in-tune with the man via the poignant interviews and footage.. he lived a big, inspiring life.. Full Review »