100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Frank Pavich’s fun documentary captures an unbowed, exuberant Jodorowsky, who recalls his team of “spiritual warriors” with the camaraderie of a battle-scarred veteran.
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91

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Director Pavich, his first time at bat, has crafted an unalloyed pleasure of a documentary, especially for those of us who care about "Dune," about sci-fi, and about the value and power of creative passion.
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
At least we have this gem, the rare tease of what could have been that actually proves satisfying enough on its own.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
"You have to be like a poet," Jodorowsky says at one point. "Your movie must be just as you think of it. . . . The movie has to be just like I dream it." What an extraordinary dream it could have been.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
With a mad captain at the helm, this documentary version of Jodorowsky’s “Dune” is probably more entertaining than what Hollywood would have done to it, with a clearer message: Our lives are like sands though an hourglass, so dream the impossible dream.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Had this ambitious head trip come to pass, it might've made Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" look like "Go, Dog. Go!"
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In retrospect, it’s obvious why the film was never produced: The director was a lunatic.
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Pavich does an admirable job tracking down surviving parties (except for the suspicious-sounding cast), opting for a humorous rather than indignant tone to the interviews.
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80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Cheerfully partial and unapologetically deferential to its subject’s operatic self-promotion, Jodorowsky’s Dune makes you wish that he had scraped together the final $5 million needed, we are told, to realize his dream.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
[A] diverting documentary.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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