• PG, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Demme
    In Theaters:
    Jun 29, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 16, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Neil Young Journeys Reviews

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David Pollock
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2012
Mike McCahill

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

December 13, 2012
Kevin Harley
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

September 28, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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 Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 14, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 7, 2012
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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 Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2012
Tony Macklin

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 Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 9, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B-

August 6, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 2, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 27, 2012
Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Movie fans probably don't need to hear him sing "Ohio" again, but "Neil Young Journeys" -- Jonathan Demme's second Young doc, if you're counting -- does have some new wrinkles.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2012
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