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Taking Woodstock Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette'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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 78/100

September 9, 2009
James Berardinelli
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A project that is rather shapeless with a protagonist who is less than compelling.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2009
Richard and Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Lee's first total miscalculation, his first wholly inessential film.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 28, 2009
Toby Young
Times [UK]

A rare misfire for the usually reliable Lee.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Uses the Peace & Love event as white-noise for another flaccid coming-of-age story about an unformed youth's Summer I Grew Up

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 4, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

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 Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3.5/10

August 28, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 16, 2009
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute

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 Source: The Movie Minute | Original Score: 5/10

August 24, 2009
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

Taking Woodstock could have used a bit more old-fashioned Ang Lee brooding and torment and a bit less forced joy.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 28, 2009
Tony Macklin

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 Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 29, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 28, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 28, 2009
Limara Salt
Little White Lies

Taking Woodstock is entertaining, funny but also very slight film. Unlike the real Woodstock, it won't change lives or burn in the memory.

November 13, 2009
Matt Stevens
E! Online

Though intermittently amusing and exhilarating, Taking Woodstock can't quite pull together its threads into one totally trippy tapestry.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

August 28, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2009
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Woodstock participants wallowed in Yasgar's muddy fields. [Director Ang]Lee wallows in Teichberg's muddy %u2014 and uninteresting %u2014 experience.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

[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 Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

August 27, 2009
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

This is the yawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

August 26, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Don't expect too much from Taking Woodstock and you might just enjoy its kind-hearted, sunny spirit. It is not, however, an experience that will linger long.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

August 27, 2009
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