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Glastonbury (2007)



Critic Consensus: Glastonbury is formless and scattershot, and successful in capturing the festival's raw, wild energy.

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In 1970, a music aficionado and entrepreneur named Michael Eavis staged a "pop, folk, and blues" festival on a dairy farm in the English community of Glastonbury, not far from Stonehenge. 1,500 attended the "Glastonbury Fayre," and a second festival followed in 1971. By 2005, The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts had grown into the biggest pop music festival in the world, playing host to the biggest names in rock, reggae, electronic, blues, and world music for a crowd of up to 150,000 people over the course of a three-day weekend in June. Filmmaker Julien Temple offers a backstage look at the history of this event, as well as a cross section of the memorable performances which have taken place on the festival's stage in the documentary Glastonbury. Performers featured in archival footage include R.E.M., David Bowie, New Order, Radiohead, Coldplay, the Velvet Underground, Nick Cave, Oasis, Blur, Björk, and many more. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Glastonbury

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

... as muddy as Yasgur's farm back in the day.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Boston Globe
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For all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music from Tinariwen, Bjork, David Bowie and the late, great Joe Strummer.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
Washington Post
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The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.

March 8, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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A warm and witty, detailed look at this parallel universe.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.

February 24, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Glastonbury


Don't know how/why I made it through this whole documentary. Oh yeah, I remember: because of the bands listed on the front of the case. I thought this was going to have performances by these artists - kind of like Woodstock. Show some of the crowd, but showcase the music. This was the opposite. It was basically showing the attendees of the festival from it's beginning to the present day. It also went into detail about some of the problems the town has with hosting this many people, like crime and sewage. Not that fascinating. A lot of the people that were shown were either naked or high as hell. Not that fun to watch at home. So, where does the music come in? Like, in 30 second snippets. And that's if you're lucky. The music will continue to play but the editing is so haphazard, there is no consistency, so much of the band footage is a montage, no more than a few seconds of a continuous shot at one time. If this was a marketing tool to come to the yearly festival, it did nothing to plead its case. Really not about the music - more about the revellers, who aren't so attractive.

Sarah Osinsky
Sarah Osinsky

2 hrs 5 mins of hippies and druggies, 12 minutes of actual music clips, and 1 minute of crap. huge disappointment. 2nd disc of bonus material has more music than the film.

Ronnie Berg
Ronnie Berg

The movie definitely captured the spirit of the festival, but I think the documentary was a bit too long (the movie clocks in at about 2 hrs. and 15 mins). There was a lot of redundancy as well, which pretty much consisted of a band playing and then shots of crazy drug-induced partying, which I guess is what you would come to expect from a "Woodstock-like" festival. The history of the festival and the area is interesting.

Matthew Terry
Matthew Terry

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