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83
Entertainment Weekly
The rare case in which a filmmaker's unadulterated worship of his subjects adds force and resonance--and not just luster--to the way that we see them.
75
Like Workman's other films, it's a time capsule that sings.
75
Portland Oregonian
Witty, treasure-filled and nostalgic in the best sense.
70
A stirring, kaleidescopic documentary.
70
An ambitious and largely successful documentary testimony-tribute to the founders of the so-called Beat movement.
70
A witty exploration of cultural mythology, while simultaneously contributing to that mythology.
67
Austin Chronicle
Failings do not get in the way of The Source providing a basic primer on the genesis and lasting influence of these cultural icons of the 20th century.
50
Chicago Reader
Documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman has a slick and entertaining way of stitching together old footage and practically no analytical or historical insight at all.
50
New York Post
As a work of historical documentation, The Source suffers from Workman's wholly celebratory take on the movement.

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