Neil Young Journeys Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Count me in the camp that wouldn't mind another Young/Demme movie every two or three years from here on out.
David Pollock
The List
May 16, 2013
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 3, 2013
It's OK. But seriously, how many Neil Young documentaries do we need?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
December 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
December 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 13, 2012
Jonathan Demme makes his third concert film with Young, including shots practically right up his nostrils.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
December 6, 2012
If this is raging against the dying of the light, long may he rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 28, 2012
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
September 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 16, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
August 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
August 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 2, 2012
An unusually fulsome tribute to the singer-songwriter from the director of The Silence of the Lambs.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
July 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
Like Young, Demme often takes an iconoclastic route. This is in part a concert film, yes, but not a traditional one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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