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The Real Dirt on Farmer John Review

Movies.com Critics

5.0

Dave White Profile

Tarnation on a farm. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
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    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Examines 50-odd years in the life of its eponymous subject -- a most compelling character -- and in doing so literally provides the viewer with food for thought.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    In many ways, it's a painful story, but it's also full of curious triumphs and outlandish redemptions.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Offers one man's extraordinary life as a gateway to a larger history of tragedy and transition. It's an unflinching account of what farming takes -- and, more important, what it gives back.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Though its title suggests an exposé on Dodger Dogs, the movie is the moving, inspirational account of John Peterson's discovery of an almost divine calling in the land beneath his feet.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary that was made while the lives it records were being lived.

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