Neil Young Journeys Reviews

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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2012
"Journeys" is simply a trip most need not take.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2012
Forget Crosby, Stills and Nash and maybe even Crazy Horse. Jonathan Demme might be Neil Young's ultimate collaborator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 13, 2012
As a songwriter, Young can still deliver: one of the best tunes here is a lovely, piano-propelled number, "Leia," that he hasn't even released yet.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2012
The wartsy antipode of Katy Perry: Part of Me, with an intimacy and intensity bordering on the overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 12, 2012
For true believers, "Neil Young Journeys" is a visit with a still-vital friend. For the merely curious, it's proof that there's more to the man - more strangeness, deeper communions with the muse - than classic rock radio will ever let on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Toronto Star
July 12, 2012
The point of this valuable and continuing exercise is intimacy, not nostalgia per se. Demme keeps it simple, apart from the occasionally trippy lens move.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2012
It's an intimate performance portrait, divided among new material from his 2010 album "Le Noise" and many of his classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2012
More casual fans will twist in their chairs uncomfortably, wishing that a roadie would walk up and wipe it off. Neil Young die-hards will cherish the spittle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2012
A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 28, 2012
Mr. Young's passionate cracked whine assumes an oracular power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012
Young's almost mystical musicianship is what saves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 28, 2012
Neil Young Journeys underscores the continuing relevance of Young's artistry over the last 45 years and why he is regarded as one of rock's most influential musicians and songwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
June 28, 2012
Of course, the music is the thing and the sounds here earn Demme's reverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 28, 2012
Journeys, shot on the last two nights of Young's 2011 solo world tour, is essential Neil Young.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 26, 2012
"I'm on this journey / I don't wanna walk alone," howls Young. What can we do but follow?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
Demme and five other camera operators expertly capture an intense, pared-down 2011 solo show at Toronto's Massey Hall in the absorbing new Neil Young Journeys.