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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Reviews

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Brian Miller
Village Voice
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Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 23, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I don't know if Pete Seeger believes in saints, but I believe he is one. He's the one in the front as they go marching in.

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

September 14, 2007
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

An amazing man and an amazing film.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 10/10

October 23, 2007
Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
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irector Jim Brown tells the story well even if he refuses to address any of the singer's missteps (such as becoming infuriated when Dylan first plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival).

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 18, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A full and fond documentary.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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[Seeger] traversed decades, styles, even continents to bring the people's music to the people. This distinction is made with suitable and skillful great appreciation by director Jim Brown in Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 5, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Power of Song shows this icon of 20th-century music to be a man of passion and principle, and a true American. An important figure, an important film.

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

October 11, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

October 26, 2007
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song could have been called Pete Seeger: The First Punk. As the film traces the singer's long life, it also, inevitably, tracks the evolution of American countercultures through much of the 20th century.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2007
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Joan Baez calls Pete a "saint," and Jim Brown's documentary makes a strong case for his canonization.

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2008
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Forget the controversial politics (that's what folk music is all about), this is a fascinating story with great music, despite the tedious last 15 minutes.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

November 10, 2007
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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As certain to get auds singing as the man himself, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 1940s.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 8, 2007
Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
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The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 14, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A love letter to the singer.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

December 26, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Director Brown has made a career of chronicling the history of American folk music, and Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a worthy companion piece to his 1982 debut, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time?

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

September 20, 2007
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

You sense that Seeger may feel his greatest legacy is not what he accomplished, but what his presence gave others the courage to accomplish. Even if it was just singing along with a roomful of strangers.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2007
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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If you've never heard of Pete Seeger or if you've known him all your life, see this film. Walking out, you might just be ready to put the world together.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 21, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Fans like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan express unvarnished awe, but it's the well-told arc of Seeger's life that makes the strongest impression, as director Jim Brown takes us from the highs to the lows and back up again.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

November 7, 2007
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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