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Neil Young Trunk Show

Neil Young Trunk Show (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 3

It'll likely prove impenetrable for the uninitiated, but Jonathan Demme's second Neil Young documentary presents a less contemplative side of its subject -- and a loud, passionate glimpse of a rock legend at work.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

It'll likely prove impenetrable for the uninitiated, but Jonathan Demme's second Neil Young documentary presents a less contemplative side of its subject -- and a loud, passionate glimpse of a rock legend at work.

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Jonathan Demme gives us some Neil Young musical and spiritual soul. Young on a stage full of personal icons: alone in the center of a circle of his beloved acoustic guitars; in the midst of stellar musicians Ben Keith, Ralph Molina, Rick Rosas, Pegi Young and Anthony "Sweet Pea" Crawford, plus an onstage painter portrayed by Eric Johnson. There are delicately offered acoustic numbers like "Sad Movies" and "Mexico"; mesmerizing electric travelogues into the artist's psyche ("No Hidden Path");

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Demme beautifully captures the show's casual intimacy.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film. I feel it's for the worse.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Like all true filmmakers, Demme also has an eye for telling details.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The mix of grainy film and pixel-sharp tape, plus some innovative editing that includes multiple split screens, adds brilliant textures to the piece.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A legendary musician keeps on rocking in this enjoyable slice of live performance.

March 19, 2010
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Looks and sounds like several million bucks.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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You forget you're watching a movie and instead feel like you've got the best seat in the house.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

The nitpicky reservations I have of Jonathan Demme's unadorned (some would call it lazy) concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show, do not offset my full-out recommendation that Young fans run right out and see it.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Do we really need two Neil Young concert films? By the same director, no less? In three short years? The answer given by Neil Young Trunk Show is emphatically yes.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Neil Young Trunk Show is 82 minutes long, 81 of which are guitar solos.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Apparently it's the second film of a trilogy Demme intends on Young -- and the middles are always the hardest parts to get right, yeah?

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A marvelous document of a still vital musician whose unbending indifference to pop fashion has proven him more creatively durable than any other figure from the golden '60s moment that gave birth to his career.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Young plays a loose, enthusiastic set that is exuberant for its range and energy. Reeks with the authenticity of a hard-working, grown-up music star who does it his way.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Sensationally entertaining...Demme captures [Neil] Young's pure, unadulterated passion and love for music in a way that no words can truly [describe].

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

An astonishing portrait of one unique and gifted artist working at the peak of his powers presented by another that deserves a place on the short list of the great concert movies.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Demme can't tear his eyes away from Young long enough to focus on anything else, but then neither can we.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
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