• Released
  • May 1, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 38 min
  • Documentary
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83

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The documentary's soundtrack is composed entirely of Source Family music, and some of it's not half bad.
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75

The Playlist

By Brandon Harris
The Source Family is a comprehensive and fair-minded look at the life and times of an inspired, mystified and possible deranged man.
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75

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
More than just a footnote to a wayward period of cultural history, The Source Family portrays an American type, the transcendent charlatan, a latter-day Gatsby, not of material riches but of the soul.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Nick McCarthy
The research and elucidating synthesis on display effectively illuminate the pernicious aura of a lifestyle pursued by the yearning, lost souls of the time.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
Anyone interested in the appeal of cults and the psychological lure of a charismatic leader will appreciate The Source Family.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Glenn Whipp
Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
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.
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60

Time Out New York

The latest addition to the booming library of docs archiving the Nixon-Nam era, this magnetic pop-history memorial has everything: free sex, celebrity, psychedelic rock, polygamy and beyond.
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60

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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40

Village Voice

By Michelle Orange
With some focus and critical perspective, The Source Family might have documented more than a spectacle of its time.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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