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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 9, 2009
...it's hard to get past the idea of Taking Woodstock as a missed opportunity. It's fine around the edges, but it never convinces you that the central event was the cataclysmic cultural convergence some claim.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 26, 2009
A project that is rather shapeless with a protagonist who is less than compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2009
Eliot is conceived as something of a blank-slate character, and [Demetri] Martin isn't engaging enough to give anything but a blank-slate performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard and Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 28, 2009
Lee's first total miscalculation, his first wholly inessential film.
Toby Young
Times [UK]
November 13, 2009
A rare misfire for the usually reliable Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 4, 2009
Uses the Peace & Love event as white-noise for another flaccid coming-of-age story about an unformed youth's Summer I Grew Up
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
August 28, 2009
In 1969, the term 'wasted' referred to good times. But in Ang Lee's take on 1969, 'wasted' is what happens to 2 perfectly good hours -- which might be better spent tie-dyeing the dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2009
It's a low-wattage film about a high-wattage event. Which is somewhat disappointing, though you do get a thoughtful, playful, often amusing film about what happened backstage at one of the '60s' great happenings.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
August 24, 2009
I suppose in a perfect world, it would be lovely to afford prestige filmmakers the opportunity to relax once in a while, to make a small, lightweight feel good movie, but Ang Lee's take on Woodstock is nothing short of disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 28, 2009
Taking Woodstock could have used a bit more old-fashioned Ang Lee brooding and torment and a bit less forced joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
August 29, 2009
Taking Woodstock is homogenized mud. Director Ang Lee slides all over the place. He takes away all the sharp edges; what is left is pretty much a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 28, 2009
Initially compelling with a fine ensemble cast and impressive cinematography, but suffers from an often bland screenplay that's deficient in character development, imagination and emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 28, 2009
Taking Woodstock doesn't show anyone performing at the 1969 concert event, an intriguing choice that also works as a metaphor for the woebegone film. It never gets where it's going, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
August 28, 2009
Though intermittently amusing and exhilarating, Taking Woodstock can't quite pull together its threads into one totally trippy tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2009
It's a frustrating complication of a movie with a sprawling story and grand ambitions -- and some truly grand acting -- that stumbles almost as often as it soars. Bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 5, 2009
Woodstock participants wallowed in Yasgar's muddy fields. [Director Ang]Lee wallows in Teichberg's muddy %u2014 and uninteresting %u2014 experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 27, 2009
[It] takes advantage of yet another anniversary celebration of the three-day music festival, but Lee only uses the milestone for surface draw. Otherwise, this aimless, pointless, emotionless and self-aggrandizing debacle would have no reason to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 26, 2009
This is the yawning of the Age of Aquarius.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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