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Down from the Mountain (2001)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

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For their film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, set in the American South during the 1930s, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen collaborated with musician, songwriter, and producer T-Bone Burnett to compile a score that reflected the rich variety of musical influences of the rural South during the Depression. Burnett brought together a veritable who's who of American roots music for the project, and while the film was a moderate success, the soundtrack album to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a surprise

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (1) | DVD (6)

A film that's lovely to hear, though not much to look at.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The music is grand, the performances are direct and Down From the Mountain is unpretentious in its presentation of both.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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In her performances and asides to the documentarians, it is Welch who best articulates why this music is so moving.

November 8, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like the old-timey music that inspired it, Down From the Mountain is sweet, serene and utterly unconcerned with polish.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A tender tribute to Hartford's spirit, and to the enduring value of the plaintive and celebratory music that emerged from this country's farm fields and front porches and backwoods churches.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The whole experience is wonderful -- and this is a film to own on videotape, since you'll probably want to play these songs again and again.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A beautifully done record of a very unusual event - and one that inadvertently serves as a testament to John Hartford, making it a very special document of musical history.

February 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Now if you're looking for an in-depth study of the music, look elsewhere. This movie is strictly about the one event [a benefit concert (for the Country Music Hall of Fame 2001)].

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Feels glossed over and incomplete.

November 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Has the ease of a casual get-together by musicians who enjoy jamming with each other and who give us the privilege to sit there and listen and watch.

October 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Hardly a groundbreaking concert movie, but it's a creditably agreeable one.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A Polaroid sprung to life.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's poor filmmaking, but wonderful music.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's impossible to deny the unalloyed joy that the film gives the spectator.

October 21, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

John Hartford is the uncle you wish to God you had had as a kid. And he can play that fiddle, too.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Pennebaker must have realized that the songs -- the spiritual sounds of the deprived and underprivileged -- were the story, so he let the music do most of the talking. A wise move on his part.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

There are plenty of musical highlights here.

October 4, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

One of the rare concert films that successfully erases the distance between viewing audience and onscreen performers.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Roots-music lovers will find plenty here to applaud.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Frankly, it's shot and edited like a PBS special of average quality. But musically it's often breathtaking.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Down from the Mountain

A very enjoyable concert film and a must see for any fan of O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
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