Year of the Horse (1997)



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Jim Jarmushch's rough-edged and raw documentary tribute to one of modern rock music's most influential artists Neil Young and Crazy Horse includes interviews, concert clips and shots of the band in rehearsal.

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Oct 13, 1998
Shakey Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Year of the Horse

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

Plays like This Is Spinal Tap made from anti-matter. Both films are about aging rockers, but Year of the Horse removes the humor and energy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is quite possibly the worst documentary I have ever had the displeasure of watching on the big screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Both a quirky little movie and a monument to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest noisemakers.

January 1, 2000
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This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you've ever liked the 52-year-old Young's songs, you'll probably be hooked early on.

January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Year of the Horse


Jim Jarmusch shot this documentary/live about Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse as they toured in 1996. It was shot on low quality film stock intentionally (Super 8mm, and 16mm film stocks as well as Hi-8 Video Tape), and the look is part of the charm. Quite frankly, if you don't like Neil Young and his music, avoid this altogether. It was made for people who really like Neil Young. I liked it for what it was, but it is a little hard to recommend to someone who is only a casual fan of Young and his work.

Ken Scheck

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