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Examined Life

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Astra Taylor

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About the Movie

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: 35
  • Fresh: 27
  • 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. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Very interesting.

This is an awesome documentary. Each of the speakers has something very interesting to say and I wish everyone would watch it!


I loved it. It really opened my eyes to a side of things I have usually dismissed. I've not been exposed to philosophy much and enjoyed the perspectives in this film.

Examined Life
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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