The Who: The Kids Are Alright (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Who: The Kids Are Alright (1979)

The Who: The Kids Are Alright (1979)

The Who: The Kids Are Alright




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Who: The Kids Are Alright Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

The classic rock group The Who are featured in this 1979 documentary about the career of the group. It is enhanced by rare footage of the performers, including a television interview with the later-deceased Keith Moon. Highlights include footage from many of the band's early performances. Among the many songs featured are "Magic Bus," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "My Generation," "Young Man's Blues," "Happy Jack," and excerpts from the innovative rock-opera Tommy. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003

Watch it now


Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Who: The Kids Are Alright

Critic Reviews for The Who: The Kids Are Alright

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

November 13, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... a scrappy, vibrant musical portrait painted in the bold colors of rock itself: impassioned lyrics, power chords, crashing drums and smashing guitars.

Full Review… | October 26, 2008

I can't explain, so you'll just have to tune into "My Generation" to get the Who's status as one of the all-time great bands.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005

This is not a film about rock'n roll, it is rock'n roll.

Full Review… | October 8, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Who: The Kids Are Alright

A cracking compilation of archive interview and performance footage of The Who. This type of thing usually gets no further than preaching to the converted, but "The Kids Are Alright" is exceptional in that it could just turn you on to a band you might previously have been ambivalent about. What is abundantly clear to anyone is that they were an awesome live act, comprised of the best rock bassist, perhaps the best drummer and one of the most original songwriters of the era. Oh, and Roger Daltrey. The downside is that the interview footage is not especially illuminating. John Entwistle is largely reticent and Keith Moon hides behind his genial twit facade, but Daltrey manages to drop a few pearls of honest, no-nonsense wisdom. Pete Townshend comes across as a fascinating character, alternately self-effacing, jokey or pompous depending on how highbrow the interview is. My highlight was watching them record "Who Are You?" in the studio.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

As a source of archive for The Who, this film worked really well. However, it did not really allow the audience to get to know the band beyond a few of their interviews. And, it needed to be more edited.

There's not much rhyme or reason to the construction of this movie; it's all interviews, TV appearances, promotional films and live performances thrown together. Only occasionally will there be some thematic link between one piece and the next. The Who was an exciting band with a sense of humor, so most of the material is golden. But why wasn't there anything from my favorite album, Quadrophenia? 9+ minutes of "Won't Get Fooled Again" and not one second of "Love Reign O'er Me"? Bah.

The Who: The Kids Are Alright Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Who: The Kids Are Alright on our Movie forum!