Taking Woodstock Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.

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
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
Top Critic
November 13, 2009

This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 13, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alistair Harkness
Scotsman
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Brand X
September 20, 2009

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

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 9, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
September 8, 2009

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.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 5, 2009

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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 2, 2009

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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
September 1, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 31, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 30, 2009

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 | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
August 29, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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