Almost Famous (2000)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, drug content and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cameron Crowe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2001
Box Office: $31.7M
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as Russell Hammond

as Elaine Miller

as Penny Lane

as Jeff Bebe

as William Miller

as Dick Roswell

as Polexia Aphrodesia

as Sapphire

as Anita Miller

as Ed Vallencourt

as Dennis Hope

as Estrella Starr

as Jann Wenner

as Ben Fong-Torres

as Alison the Fact Chec...

as The Legendary Red Do...

as Beth from Denver

as Mrs. Deegan

as Larry Fellows

as Young William

as Roadie Scully

as Roadie Gregg

as Roadie Mick

as David Felton

as Principal

as Vic Munoz

as Alice Wisdom

as Eagles Road Manager

as The Who Road Manager

as Hyatt Singer

as Hyatt Singer

as Sheldon the Desk Cle...

as Angry Promoter

as Ticket Scalper

as Aaron Amedori

as Quiet Girl

as Waving Girl

as Real Topeka Kid

as Poolside Provocateur

as Topeka Partier

as Topeka Partier

as Topeka Partier

as Warwick Hotel Clerk

as Plaza Doctor

as High School Band Mem...

as High School Band Mem...

as High School Band Mem...

as High School Band Mem...

as High School Band Mem...

as Journalism Teacher

as Flight Attendant

as PSA Co-Pilot

as Have a Nice Day Stew...

as Hippie Girl at Airpo...

as Wanna Get High Guy

as Insane Bowie Fan

as Shocked Elevator Fam...

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as Mustache Boy

as Swingo's Desk Clerk

as Arizona Housekeeper

as Arizona Housekeeper
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Critic Reviews for Almost Famous

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | August 19, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions...

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A blissfully sweet coming-of-age movie in which everyone, young and less young, comes of age.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

For every scene that's a sturdy piece of observed wisdom about coming of age... there's another that's pure cheese.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film itself -- a quasi-autobiography of writer-director Cameron Crowe -- is still good, but not as good as it seemed 14 years ago.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

Dan Schultz
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.

Alice Shen

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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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