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Glastonbury (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 8

Glastonbury is formless and scattershot, and successful in capturing the festival's raw, wild energy.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3

Glastonbury is formless and scattershot, and successful in capturing the festival's raw, wild energy.

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In 1970, a music aficionado and entrepreneur named Michael Eavis staged a "pop, folk, and blues" festival on a dairy farm in the English community of Glastonbury, not far from Stonehenge. 1,500 attended the "Glastonbury Fayre," and a second festival followed in 1971. By 2005, The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts had grown into the biggest pop music festival in the world, playing host to the biggest names in rock, reggae, electronic, blues, and world music for a crowd of up to

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... as muddy as Yasgur's farm back in the day.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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For all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music from Tinariwen, Bjork, David Bowie and the late, great Joe Strummer.

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A warm and witty, detailed look at this parallel universe.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A frenetic cut-and-paste job that is free of voiceover, commentary or even titles to introduce interviewees. Such calculated vagueness works, and the lingering impression is of a messy and hedonistic free-for-all.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's hard to pin down the intent and even the honesty of the filmmaker.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Combining images of 30 years of politics, music, self-expression and alternative living, it's a vibrant, if inevitably scattered, film that manages to tread the fine line between chronicling the festival and exploiting it.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An alternately rousing and repetitive 138-minute documentary spanning four decades of the Glastonbury Festival.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The sense of total immersion is breathlessly complete.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

... captures the open-air rock festival experience more completely than any previous film of its kind.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

What [Temple] does...is immerse his audience in the spirit of the festival with ingenious editing that shows the Glastonbury Festival as nothing short of a geographically bound society that just happens to exist for a few days a year.

March 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

While the movie will clarify whether or not the fest is for you, you never feel like you're actually there.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

The movie's 135 minutes [feels] long. But the length is a product of [director] Temple's desire to cram in as much as he can. Despite the festival's drawbacks, it's obvious Temple loves everything about it. Even Coldplay.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Overlong, unfocused, and shallow, it is less a film than a test of endurance.

March 3, 2007
Reel.com

Temple is able to convey a perceptive and substantive mood pertaining to the staying power of this weirdly nuanced outdoor finger-snapping function.

February 25, 2007 Full Review
TheWorldJournal.com

The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Julien Temple's formless documentary Glastonbury aims to capture the festival's chaos and free-wheeling freakiness and accomplishes this goal.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Pretentiously impressionistic, sloppy almost to the point of self-parody, [director Julien] Temple's film is New Journalism without the journalism -- or, alas, the drugs.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Super-scintillating. We're fortunate to have a bright, bold documentary like Glastonbury to remind us how fun, weird and wonderful life can be.

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: ▄berCinÚ
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