• 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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The nicest thing I can think of to say about the doc "Neil Young Journeys" is that at least it isn't in 3-D.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

June 29, 2012
Eric Melin

...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.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 9, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

October 26, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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What's the point of this particular project? Why - apart from any marketing concerns - did either artist feel it was essential to capture this concert on film?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 29, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Journeys" is simply a trip most need not take.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

July 26, 2012
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 4, 2012
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
Jim Farber
New York Daily News
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Of course, the music is the thing and the sounds here earn Demme's reverence.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

June 28, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it's not as transportive as this filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 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
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
Sam Adams
AV Club
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The heart of any concert movie is the concert itself, and in the case of Neil Young Journeys, it's a great one.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

June 28, 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
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
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Fans of the 66-year-old guitar god (which is to say the only people who'll see this homespun gem) will revel in Young's winsome cruise down Memory Lane.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an intimate performance portrait, divided among new material from his 2010 album "Le Noise" and many of his classics.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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With its one-of-a-kind poetic lamentation, Young's voice sounds more peculiarly lovely than ever. A small picture, but good and true.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 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
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
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