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-
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TIME Magazine
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
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
Penn's genius overtakes the dropout romance, like a final post-bacchanal hangover that suggests liberation as an El Dorado dream.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 13, 2005
This is one of those time capsule films - for that it is important
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Good work in a minor key.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 6, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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

Film4
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.
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Variety
May 30, 2008
There are occasional flashes of wry humor and some rib-tickling sequences. But they are all too few.
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Brilliantly visualised.
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