The Source Family Synopsis
An unparalleled insider's view into the cult/commune phenomenon and wild social experimentation of the early '70s
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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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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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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,...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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