Jonestown: The Reviews and Awards

A compilation of reviews for Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple appears at Rotten Tomatoes, a website for reviews of this and other films.

Other reviews may be found at the following newspapers and media outlets:

“The Dark Side of Aquarius: ‘Jonestown’ Looks at a Utopia Gone Wrong,”, October 2006

“Filmmaker finds heart, rationale behind tragedy of Jonestown,” San Francisco Chronicle, 28 October 2006

“Kool-Aid, Craziness and Utopian Yearning, New York Times, 20 October 2006

Interviews with Director Stanley Nelson included:

San Francisco Bay Guardian on 4 April 2006 (Reprint on the Religion News Blog is at here).

An interview with co-screenwriter Noland Walker, co-screenwriter of “Jonestown,” appears on NPR on 24 October 2006.

The film won an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival for top Bay Area documentary (Story of May 5, 2006) and was one of three that won an award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary.

Articles from earlier in the year, before general release of the film, include:

Doomsday dream believer
By Cheryl Eddy, SF Bay Guardian, April 4, 2006

Film unearths little-seen footage of Jonestown cult
by Jordan Robertson, L.A. Daily News, 23 April 2006

Best in Show: The Top 40 Picks of the Tribeca Film Festival
by J. Hoberman, The Village Voice, 11 April 2006
(Hoberman discussed the film again in a column later that year)

Critic’s Notebook: The State of Things: The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
by Howard Feinstein,, April 30, 2006

SFIFF: Jonestown: The Life And Death Of Peoples Temple
by Rita Hao, SFist, May 1, 2006

Another Look at Jonestown
by Christina Talcott, The Washington Post, June 9, 2006

Scholars View Film on Jonestown Tragedy
by Sandi Dolbee, San Diego Union Tribune, July 15, 2006

Prelude to a massacre
by Robert King, Indianapolis Star, 5 August 2006