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Examined Life (2009)

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Critic Consensus: With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.

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This documentary takes a look at the manifestations of contemporary philosophy through interviews with various figures in the field, who examine these existential issues from the vantage point of lively public places, where everyday people demonstrate their views and values through the most clear and innocuous ways. Some of the guests featured in the film include Cornel West, Avital Ronell, and Peter Singer. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Examined Life

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The ones that work, Cornel West and Peter Singer for example, are intriguing and compelling but they don't all hang together so effortlessly.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You can't help but feel that director Astra Taylor fails at her own challenge of making an academic subject come truly alive as cinema.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Never dull, but it will make your head hurt.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Each of the half-dozen or so thinkers gets around 20 minutes to maunder on - simultaneously not long enough and far too long. Frustratingly, no subject is investigated in depth, and the glibness is dull.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This is an addictive and stimulating experience all round.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Eccentric but always accessible, Taylor's boff-doc avoids the idiosyncrasy that her work has previously exhibited. In bringing philosophy into the real world, Examined Life is at once illuminating and intellectually stimulating.

November 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Examined Life

Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.

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