Patti Smith: Dream of Life Synopsis
An intimate portrait of the musician and singer.
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Frequently beautiful and intermittently haunting and could be called a meditation on aging and mortality, an intimate study of a peculiar...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
A knowledge of Smith's landmark contribution as a rock 'n' roll pioneer is not essential, and the film should be a joy for anyone...
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A lovely, drifty first feature that feels less like a documentary and more like an act of rapturous devotion.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
This intimate portrait of the so-called godmother of punk is aimed at viewers who are keenly fascinated by Smith.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
This isn't a performance film, and it is far from a definitive portrait of the androgynous performer.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
If one thing holds the picture back, it’s the self-conscious album-cover aesthetic of Sebring’s visual approach.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
When embraced on its own terms, the film will provide an ironic bridge for those who want to share a greater closeness with Smith.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
We don't learn too many specifics of Smith's brilliant career, and only a die-hard fan will find all of it vitally interesting.
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58

Portland Oregonian

Most frustratingly, Smith's powerful music is heard only in snatches.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Most audience members will probably want more.
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FANTASTIC FILM!

By francescamcc
This film was so incredibly inspirational. Whether you are a fan of Smith's music, or just her conic persona, this film will greatly move you. It reminds us all that are heroes are just people, and...

PATTI SMITH: Dream of Life

By JMarch66
The film is a MUST. Watching it is like going to a Patti Smith concert and then hanging out with her afterward - and that's just the start. She is an amazing artist and the film, while flawed as...

Dream of Life

By cheevita
awesome.....a must see...

Patti Smith is just as I expected

By jerkey
Less of a biography and more of an autobiography on where she's been in her own head for the last 10-20 years. I did enjoy watching her with her family and all the anti-Bush sentiment was excellent...

Enjoyed It!

By lovebug1011
I enjoyed learning about Patti and her life. I really liked listening to her music throughout the movie not to mention hearing some of her poetry.. I didn't know much about her before this movie. My...

Sure Why Not?

By tapegeek
What a unique American artist - not the definitive doc to be sure, not enough live footage or old footage, a little too "artsy", a few too many trips to cemeteries, but it's Patti Smith fer gosh...

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

By luckiest
Stunning, poetic, mesmerizing and beautiful: a work of art. Patti Smith & director Steven Sebring move the musical bio film to another dimension. Politics, passion and poetry. There is no American...

Dream of Life

By brief
Excellent examination of Patti Smith the American artist. The film itself has weaknesses, but for a first effort, the filmmaker captures his subject just right: the documentary is artistic and...