...a loose, mellow and finally very bittersweet documentary...
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...offers the fascinating spectacle of observing people then and now.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
...channels a bygone era of drop-outs living an American dream on the Free Love frontier. This is the happy alternative to the apocalyptic California sub-cultures of Charles Manson and the Rev. Jim Jones.
—Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times
Celebrating the desire to immerse oneself in a collective, world-changing enterprise, Commune is unavoidably nostalgic. (It would make an apt introduction to Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy, which illuminates the poignant yearning for that yearning.)
—J. Hoberman Village Voice
Sensitive to the complexities of the lifestyle, Berman doesn?t present it as the solution to the world?s ills, just as an option that can?t be laughed off.
—Greg Burk LA Weekly
It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.
—Noel Murray Onion AV Club
...their willingness to share their rich and sometimes painful memories is captivating.
—Maitland McDonagh TV Guide
The documentary is loose-limbed and not at all artful--which is to say, it's scarcely bourgeois and just as the Black Bear Ranch people would like it.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
...fitfully interesting, but would have benefited from tighter focus and finer detail.
—Michael Ordoña Los Angeles Times