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Taking Woodstock Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B-

February 18, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

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 Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A valentine to America.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 29, 2011
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

February 1, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A minor work from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee that is enjoyable but ultimately underwhelming.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2009
Jonathan Dean
Total Film

Some will revel in it, but (younger) viewers may find Taking Woodstock old hat.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
Damon Wise
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Ang Lee's latest dissection of the American dream is one of his most complex and even most deceptively subversive films.

Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2009
Andrew Collins
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Has some great moments along the way, but as a whole never quite comes together

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009

Lee's film, rambling and maddeningly vague as it often is, does manage eventually to get at why something so ephemeral meant so much to so many.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2009
Andy Klein
Brand X

This may be the least ambitious of Lee's films, but his directorial chops still guarantee a worthwhile experience.

Full Review Source: Brand X

September 20, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

On balance Taking Woodstock--like Teichberg--takes after its immigrant American father, evincing a quiet humility in offering its rambling 'little perspective' of an emblematic happening that was almost everything it was cracked up to be.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2009
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

In a field crowded with sharp, aggressive, edgy comedies it's much more gentle, rounded and endearing. Yet it's not altogether warm and fuzzy - there's plenty of bite here and wry insight, too.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

September 8, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A gentle, slow-paced coming-of-age movie, 'Taking Woodstock' is not a movie about the historic concert that observes its 40th anniversary this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I loved this sweet, gentle film, and prize its charms and heart far more than the debatable weightiness of Lee's Lust, Caution.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 2, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

The first half of "Taking Woodstock" is wonderful. Unfortunately, the tone becomes more serious and the pacing meanders in the second half.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: C+

September 1, 2009
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The more tightly Taking Woodstock focuses on history, the more satisfying the experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2009
Kam Williams

Effectively employs iconic Woodstock imagery not to regenerate a numbing sense of mass nostalgia but rather as a minimalist backdrop against which to amplify the anguished, intimate ordeal of a frustrated individual who wasn't even there.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

August 30, 2009
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

If you want to experience the concert you can watch the 1970 Woodstock movie. This one is about what it all meant.

Full Review Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2009
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