Almost Famous Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2015
For every scene that's a sturdy piece of observed wisdom about coming of age... there's another that's pure cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2011
will satisfy many music fans for its honest portrayal of the rock-band life
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 21, 2011
...funny, joyous, touching, and moving...a very personal film and a most-universal one combined.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 18, 2010
Director Cameron Crowe won the Original Screenplay Oscar for his warmly nostalgic, often sharply observed memoir of his early days as a music journalist
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
December 28, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
May 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A great love letter to classic rock...
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2008
The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Easily the best film on Crowe's already impressive roster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 9, 2008
The film's charm owes far more to its creator's brilliant writing than to his anonymous direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Crowe softens just about everything, as if he didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone he knew back then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions...
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Almost perfect on numerous levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Profoundly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Clark
October 28, 2005
An endearing, inspiring film that truly has something to offer for everyone.
| Original Score: A
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