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Examined Life liberates philosophy from the halls of academia through entertaining and thought-provoking excursions with some of today’s most famous and influential thinkers. Included are Peter Singer on the ethics of consumption; Slavoj Žižek on the environment; Michael Hardt on the nature of revolution; Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor question culture’s fixation on individualism. And Cornel West—called “a genius” and “an oracle” by President Obama—compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Part of the fun of Examined Life comes from watching these very intelligent thinkers try to make themselves intelligible.
Fresh: Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.
Fresh: Director-writer Astra Taylor wisely avoids turning this talk fest into a talking heads fest by filming these effusive intellectuals in a variety of visually diverting, real-world environments.
Rotten: 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.