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Almost Famous (2000)

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88

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 144 | Rotten: 20

Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era.

80

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 7

Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era.

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Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school -- inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey

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Drama, Comedy

Cameron Crowe

Mar 13, 2001

$31.7M

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All Critics (177) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (20) | DVD (48)

The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.

August 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Neither as outright funny nor as resonant as it seems to want to be.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (8)
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None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A blissfully sweet coming-of-age movie in which everyone, young and less young, comes of age.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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The film shimmers with the irresistible pleasures that define Hollywood at its best -- it's polished like glass, funny, knowing and bright, and filled with characters whose lives are invariably sexier and more purposeful than our own.

October 3, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The film itself -- a quasi-autobiography of writer-director Cameron Crowe -- is still good, but not as good as it seemed 14 years ago.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

will satisfy many music fans for its honest portrayal of the rock-band life

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

...funny, joyous, touching, and moving...a very personal film and a most-universal one combined.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Director Cameron Crowe won the Original Screenplay Oscar for his warmly nostalgic, often sharply observed memoir of his early days as a music journalist

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
EmanuelLevy.Com

Whether disappointed or elated, Cameron Crowe's observations are trenchant. Instinct is the greatest asset as idols let you down. That first gulp of passion in a profession can quench you for years. Quite often, bassists and drummers have little to say.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

It's a world of brotherhood, groupies, the bright spotlight of fame, and the bitterness of business, packaged into a gushing, intuitive valentine from Crowe to his former magical life.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Cameron Crowe has a knack for making contagious movies that pull audiences into a whirlpool of situations that make you feel impossibly cool because his characters aren't near as cool as their surroundings imply.

May 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A great love letter to classic rock...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Easily the best film on Crowe's already impressive roster.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film's charm owes far more to its creator's brilliant writing than to his anonymous direction.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Crowe softens just about everything, as if he didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone he knew back then.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Most of the film is a testament to Mr. Crowe's impressive grasp of the music industry, its relationships, and its particular definition of cool and uncool.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Almost perfect on numerous levels.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Profoundly affecting.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An endearing, inspiring film that truly has something to offer for everyone.

October 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for Almost Famous

One of the best films about music ever made, with standout performances from everyone in the cast, including a rocking soundtrack that brings this simple, breezy road-trip of a kid following a band on the rise up to "greatness" status. It's just a wonderful movie, and does a good job of being engaging right from the first second and it never really lets up. Kate Hudson's hypnotizing performance is the real standout as a seductive and carefree fan who, like the lead character, experiences the good and ugly things the rock and roll lifestyle brings to an individual. We need more movies like this made about music, ones that don't for a minute feel artificial, and ones that deliver memorable scenes and provide interesting characters that won't leave you quickly.
January 30, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

I don't think I "get" this movie. I like rock and roll as much as the next Band Aid, but very little is actually spent on the music. Russell Hammond's last interview answer about what he loves about music is somewhat of an easy trick, "To begin with...everything." This is Cameron Crowe's problem in "Elizabethtown" too, only with shoes and failure. He doesn't and can't seem to articulate what it is he loves or knows about music. Now, I know writing about music is like dancing about architecture, but because that articulation of music seems so central to William's journalistic aspirations, the movie needs to be more than just a coming-of-age road trip with surface treatment of the sexdrugsrockandroll trifecta.

Kate Hudson's woodsy, backlit scene of her laughingly asking, "What kind of beer [was I sold for]?" with those smooth, limpid tears rolling down is indeed a notable performance. However, what really is the difference between Groupies and Band Aids in the end? How do they afford such an extravagant, nomadic lifestyle? What about Penny Lane does William really fall in love with that's so different from the innocent yet sophisticated beauty every other band member sees?

The best part of the movie is probably Lester Bangs's brash but sympathetic caveats about fame and coolness.
December 6, 2013
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

Beautiful, funny, and occasionally thrilling, Almost Famous is wonderfully filmed and well written, and ultimately, an extremely likable and memorable cinematic experience that demands to be seen again and again.
July 8, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Almost Famous is almost great, featuring great acting from both Fugit and Hudson, as well as an authentic rock and roll feel. However, the story of a bickering band and the music vs. the money is a very worn tale, told in a not-so-fresh fashion.
August 28, 2011
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

    1. Anita Miller: Listen to Tommy with a candle burning and you will see your entire future.
    – Submitted by Dan A (37 days ago)
    1. Penny Lane: It's all happening...
    – Submitted by Dan A (37 days ago)
    1. Russell Hammond: What am I doing? I' am telling secrets to the ONE guy you don't tell secrets too.
    2. William Miller: No. We'll do the interview some other time.
    3. Russell Hammond: Okay. Cool. So I guess tonight it's just... you know, friends?
    – Submitted by Giovanni R (17 months ago)
    1. Penny Lane: It`s all happening.
    – Submitted by Miriam M (17 months ago)
    1. Lester Bangs: They made you feel cool. And hey, I met you. You are not cool.
    2. William Miller: I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn't. I'm glad you were home.
    3. Lester Bangs: I'm always home. I'm uncool.
    – Submitted by William C (18 months ago)
    1. Jeff Bebe: I can't say anymore with the writer here.
    2. Russell Hammond: No, no, no. You can trust him, you can say whatever you want.
    3. Jeff Bebe: I work just as hard or harder than anybody on that stage. You know what I do? I connect. I get people off. I look for the guy who isn't getting off, and I make him get off.
    4. Jeff Bebe: [to William] And actually, *that* you can print!
    – Submitted by William C (18 months ago)
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