Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 2013-03-07
Though Perry probably wanted nothing to do with her project, his participation might have pushed this glimpse at the band's evolution into a genuine revelation.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2013-03-07
This uplifting rock doc will provide inspiration to countless karoake singers.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-03-07
Diaz ... emphasizes the uplifting aspects of Pineda's Journey experience, describing how he came from poverty and delinquency, before he dedicated himself to his craft, caught a lucky break, and became an inspiration to struggling nobodies everywhere.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2013-03-07
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.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2013-03-07
Pineda is a great subject, and it's obvious he's the biggest fan of the man who co-wrote and sang most of his current repertoire.
Odie Henderson, Chicago Sun-Times, 2013-03-07
Well-chronicled and fascinating, Don't Stop Believin' is a cinematic journey well worth taking.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2013-03-06
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.
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, 2013-03-05
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.
Jim Farber, New York Daily News, 2012-04-26
It feels selectively edited toward a predetermined point of view.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-03-14
[Plods] from one performance to the next with unnecessary asides for veteran Journey members to talk about their own lives (trivia of interest to megafans and no one else).
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2013-03-08
As infectious as Pineda's enthusiasm is, "Don't Stop Believin' " too often relies on his inherent appeal as a film subject, rarely probing more deeply than the narrative he and his bandmates provide.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2013-03-08
Ms. Diaz settles for a flabby, repetitive showcase for the songs and an attaboy for their newest singer.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2013-03-07
Diaz insists on selling Pineda's promo-friendly myth at the expense of the richer, more complicated story of a dreamer who learns to become the durable professional his bandmates expect.
Scott Tobias, NPR, 2013-03-07
Unfortunately for this rock doc, this fan-to-frontman saga is not that interesting a turn.
Keith Phipps, Time Out New York, 2013-03-05