Alice's Restaurant Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 8, 2011

It's worth checking out for the marvelous look back at how the counterculture dropouts related to each other and to the straight older generation in the late 1960s.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

TIME Magazine
Top Critic
November 21, 2008

[Penn] has transformed a charming shaggy-dog story into a melancholy epitaph for an entire era.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 21, 2008

To his credit, Penn refused to romanticize his subjects, and the film stands as a fairly accurate chronicle of the times.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008

Penn's strong sympathy with the outsider and anti-Establishment stance comes across in a film that appealed to those who could identify with this communal hippie haven, but now seems too naive and distant.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 12, 2008

Penn's genius overtakes the dropout romance, like a final post-bacchanal hangover that suggests liberation as an El Dorado dream.

Top Critic
May 30, 2008

There are occasional flashes of wry humor and some rib-tickling sequences. But they are all too few.

Emanuel Levy
February 10, 2006

Inspired by Guthrie's ballad, Arthur Penn's film is a summation of the anti-establishment, anti-Vietnam War generation, clinging to the ideal of a collectivist life in a Stockbridge commune.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 13, 2005

This is one of those time capsule films - for that it is important

| Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
October 23, 2004

Good work in a minor key.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 1, 2003

Not nearly as good as everyone keeps telling you that it is.

| Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 17, 2001

The movie hasn't improved any over the years, but fortunately this version has Arlo Guthrie supplying commentary, making the DVD worth some historical value for '60s junkies.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2001

In the end, the slap-dash narrative loses focus and credulity, particularly when the tale turns to the disintegrating relationship of Alice and Ray, and to an ill-developed subplot involving the ex-con drug addict Shelly.

Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000

...the film itself remains a pleasant, oddball, and highly diverting glimpse into one of the country's most confusing times.

| Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 12, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 6, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Brilliantly visualised.

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