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Neil Young Journeys (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
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In May of 2011, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall where he intimately performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. Along the drive, Young recounted insightful and introspective stories from his youth to filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme, a long-time fan and collaborator, captured these tales of Young's childhood and masterfully weaved them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the

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Oct 16, 2012

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On its own terms, "Neil Young Journeys" is an enjoyable concert film of a solo show in Toronto, interspersed with memories of his Canadian boyhood.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Journeys" is simply a trip most need not take.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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I'd say the movie does a fine job of completing the trilogy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Demme and Young have more in them yet.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The concert camera work is sometimes a little tight for comfort (not really interested in Young's bridge work), though it adds to the intensity.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like Young, Demme often takes an iconoclastic route. This is in part a concert film, yes, but not a traditional one.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Forget Crosby, Stills and Nash and maybe even Crazy Horse. Jonathan Demme might be Neil Young's ultimate collaborator.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Young's amiable, guard-down chatter as he drives that 1956 Ford Crown Victoria all the way from Omemee to Massey Hall in Toronto establishes a sense of heart and soul ...

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Demme plants a camera on the mic stand so at one point he can present Young's unshaven scowl in extreme close-up, blocking out the gorgeously lighted stage. It's not a pleasant image

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

It's OK. But seriously, how many Neil Young documentaries do we need?

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A mournful documentary that combines footage of Young in concert in Toronto with a bittersweet trip to his childhood home in Omemee in southern Ontario.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Demme hasn't stopped seeking out new angles on this old warhorse, and even the odd speck of spittle on the lens cannot obscure the fact Young increasingly looks and sounds like one of the all-time greats.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Jonathan Demme makes his third concert film with Young, including shots practically right up his nostrils.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

If this is raging against the dying of the light, long may he rage.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

...too much material drawing from his mediocre Le Noise album and the interview segments where Young drives around Ontario telling stories from his youth are less than revelatory.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

I've seen better concert videos and I've seen better music documentaries. This one is for diehard Neil Young fans.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

...just Young and his insinuating voice (which I'm inclined to credit more now than I was 40 years ago), various guitars, harmonica and piano, over which he displays a great and tender command.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Fans of folk rock legend Neil Young who are willing to accept that the guy is well past his prime will respond to the downbeat tone of Jonathan Demme's concert film.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

The director is putting Young in the audience's lap, allowing the viewer to examine all the creases and crevices of his grizzled face as well as capturing the emotion the singer pours into his songs.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

These two world-renowned and individualistic artists from the worlds of music and film clearly bask in each other's company. We, the audience, would be fools to respond otherwise.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Long may he run, sure, but 'Neil Young Journeys' has the feeling of a farewell.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

"Journeys" is about looking back - not in sorrow or wistfulness, but in affection and, often, impassioned remembrance of times past and how they still resonate in the present.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A mesmerizing and intimate visit with a performer who is identified most closely with rock 'n' roll, but whose artistic curiosity has taken him in myriad directions musically throughout his 40-plus-year career.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Neil Young Journeys does for some of us what a rare film can do - it revives and renews our spirit. Neil Young and Jonathan Demme. Heart and soul. Wisdom and age. Fire and ashes. Lightning and thunder.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

For fans, Journeys is like that box set of uneven rarities that they simply must own. For casual friends, it's 90 minutes in good company. For the rest - ho-hum.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

An unusually fulsome tribute to the singer-songwriter from the director of The Silence of the Lambs.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Neil Young Journeys

It took a while to warm to the newer material, (much of it from the 2010 album Le Noise), but Neil has still got it... as a recording songwriter. Live, Shakey is getting shakier, and this splicing of a Massey Hall concert with footage from a rambling drive down Highway 11 didn't really do the show any favours. Neither did Demme's heavy-handed, cheap-looking graphic supers about the four students killed in the Kent State riot (sung about in "Ohio"). I'd have liked to have been at the show, and in the end I did like the newer songs - particularly the spruced up 70s rocker, "Hitchhiker" - but this is late Neil, and this DVD is primarily for the collectors.
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    1. Neil Young: [singing] Better to burn out, than to fade away.
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    1. Neil Young: So I lived in this pup tent out here during the summer so I could be out closer to my chickens... I think that's why I was out there.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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