Taking Woodstock Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2014
At no point did I feel like I was at Woodstock and surely that was the whole point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 25, 2014
Some colorful character turns cannot make up for the charisma void at the center that is Martin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Does a great job of recreating the time, place and people that came together to make something magical in the middle of the summer of 1969.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
A valentine to America.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011
A ham-handed attempt to indicate the oncoming tragedy of Altamont ends the film with a touch of contrivance, but it's the only sour note in an otherwise flawless film.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 4, 2010
Amazing that Ang Lee can make such a listless movie about arguably one of the most high energy times in recent history.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 29, 2009
An interesting idea, but it doesn't really have much to capitalize on outside of the authentic period reproduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
December 6, 2009
Watch carefully as the film tries to ramrod too many themes, invoking split-screen technique, and see if you can identify how often self-indulgence is confused for enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 13, 2009
Não se revela particularmente interessante ou minimamente revelador no que diz respeito à natureza de Woodstock ou do próprio protagonista.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 13, 2009
A minor work from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee that is enjoyable but ultimately underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
November 13, 2009
This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
November 13, 2009
Achieves the highly improbable by making one of the most exciting events of the 1960s look really boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Toby Young
Times [UK]
November 13, 2009
A rare misfire for the usually reliable Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Limara Salt
Little White Lies
November 13, 2009
Taking Woodstock is entertaining, funny but also very slight film. Unlike the real Woodstock, it won't change lives or burn in the memory.
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
November 13, 2009
his is by no means a terrible film, but from a filmmaker as exceptional as Ang Lee it's a rare disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 13, 2009
Taking Woodstock will leave the unstoned cold and won't have anyone aching for those legendary 'three days of peace and music' that wasn't there in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Dean
Total Film
November 13, 2009
Some will revel in it, but (younger) viewers may find Taking Woodstock old hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Uncut Magazine [UK]
November 13, 2009
Ang Lee's latest dissection of the American dream is one of his most complex and even most deceptively subversive films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
November 13, 2009
Their roles are played largely for easy laughs in James Schamus's script, which meanders in an echo of the freewheeling vibe of peace and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 13, 2009
Undermining the entire snooze-fest is Lee and Schamus's sentimental, clichéd view of Woodstock as the last flowering of hippie innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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