Glastonbury Reviews

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September 26, 2017
Too long, with too many shots of hands-in-the-air ravers and too much Damien Hirst, Glastonbury is still hugely evocative...
May 13, 2009
June 8, 2007
Combining images of 30 years of politics, music, self-expression and alternative living, it's a vibrant, if inevitably scattered, film that manages to tread the fine line between chronicling the festival and exploiting it.
May 31, 2007
An alternately rousing and repetitive 138-minute documentary spanning four decades of the Glastonbury Festival.
April 13, 2007
The sense of total immersion is breathlessly complete.
April 9, 2007
... captures the open-air rock festival experience more completely than any previous film of its kind.
April 5, 2007
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.
March 25, 2007
What [Temple] does...is immerse his audience in the spirit of the festival with ingenious editing that shows the Glastonbury Festival as nothing short of a geographically bound society that just happens to exist for a few days a year.
March 8, 2007
The movie's 135 minutes [feels] long. But the length is a product of [director] Temple's desire to cram in as much as he can. Despite the festival's drawbacks, it's obvious Temple loves everything about it. Even Coldplay.
March 8, 2007
The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.
March 2, 2007
A warm and witty, detailed look at this parallel universe.
February 25, 2007
Temple is able to convey a perceptive and substantive mood pertaining to the staying power of this weirdly nuanced outdoor finger-snapping function.
February 24, 2007
The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.
February 23, 2007
Julien Temple's formless documentary Glastonbury aims to capture the festival's chaos and free-wheeling freakiness and accomplishes this goal.
February 22, 2007
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.
February 18, 2007
Super-scintillating. We're fortunate to have a bright, bold documentary like Glastonbury to remind us how fun, weird and wonderful life can be.
June 24, 2006
A frenetic cut-and-paste job that is free of voiceover, commentary or even titles to introduce interviewees. Such calculated vagueness works, and the lingering impression is of a messy and hedonistic free-for-all.
May 6, 2006
Features some beautiful and epic performances that are enough, on their own, to entertain.
May 6, 2006
A magical documentary recounting the 35 tumultuous years of the Glastonbury Music Festival, this is an exhilarating experience.
May 6, 2006
This is entertaining stuff, though and there's a big laugh when a hippy juggling flaming torches sets fire to himself.
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