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Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from You Tube to become the front man for iconic American rock band, Journey, thereby becoming the latest performer to go from the Internet to real life celebrity. Having already overcome a life full of painful obstacles and now saddled with the immense pressures of leading a world renowned band and replacing a legendary singer, the film follows Arnel on this personal journey.

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Release date: Mar 8, 2013
 
Official website: http://www.everymansjourney.com/
 
Runtime: 113 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Odie Henderson
    This is the main problem I had with Don't Stop Believing: Everyman's Journey. On several occasions, the most interesting human details are either left out or barely commented on by the filmmakers, resulting in a documentary that skirts dangerously close to hagiography. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    The film leans a little too heavily on Pineda's wide-eyed disbelief at his sudden turn of fortune, leaving a feeling that it could dig deeper into the history and dynamics of the band. Yet Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey is a pleasant story of dreams coming true. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    Although the overlong film skirts with hagiography, at times feeling more like a promotional DVD extra than an objective account, it nonetheless has an undeniable emotional pull thanks to its fairy tale-like narrative. ...read more

  • 70
    Village Voice - by Ernest Hardy
    It’s a moving tale made more so because even after he’s “won,” Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs. ...read more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Noel Murray
    It’s hard not to feel that there’s something missing from Don’t Stop Believin’, though. The movie doesn’t necessarily need to be dark, but Diaz barely touches on the downside of the Internet age — such as the nasty messages Pineda received from racist Journey fans — or how it feels to sing someone else’s words in someone else’s voice, night after night. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The best material in the film is the loosest, capturing the perpetually insecure and overcompensating Pineda in his early concerts, leaping, bouncing, careening around as if every moment in every song were an audition for the next moment in the next song. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Jim Farber
    It’s nice to watch the members marvel unendingly over their new find, while Pineda himself presents an ideal image of gratitude and hard work. ...read more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Two things hold back Don't Stop Believin' as a documentary. The first is that it presents the world of Journey and the people in it through such a lens of love and light that it begins to seem like a publicity film...The second flaw is that it leaves out vital information. It doesn't, for example, answer the big question, "What happened to Steve?" ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Phipps
    Unfortunately for this rock documentary, this fan-to-frontman saga is not that interesting a turn. ...read more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    This one-note documentary from Ramona S. Diaz is as hostile to conflict as the group’s songs themselves. ...

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Chuck Bowen
    Sadly, those looking for any insight into Journey from Ramona Diaz's documentary are going to have to look elsewhere. ...read more

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