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Almost Famous Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
May 22, 2016
Cameron Crowe's thinly fictionalized autobiography is deftly poised between rosy affection, thoughtful remembrance, and giddy adolescent awe. As perhaps it should be.
December 9, 2015
Nearly every time an intimate moment presents itself, someone cracks a sitcom-worthy punchline, or a pop song comes up on the soundtrack and distracts us from the task of getting to know just who these people are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2015
For every scene that's a sturdy piece of observed wisdom about coming of age... there's another that's pure cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2014
The film itself -- a quasi-autobiography of writer-director Cameron Crowe -- is still good, but not as good as it seemed 14 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2011
will satisfy many music fans for its honest portrayal of the rock-band life
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 21, 2011
...funny, joyous, touching, and moving...a very personal film and a most-universal one combined.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 18, 2010
Director Cameron Crowe won the Original Screenplay Oscar for his warmly nostalgic, often sharply observed memoir of his early days as a music journalist
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Whether disappointed or elated, Cameron Crowe's observations are trenchant. Instinct is the greatest asset as idols let you down. That first gulp of passion in a profession can quench you for years. Quite often, bassists and drummers have little to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
December 28, 2009
It's a world of brotherhood, groupies, the bright spotlight of fame, and the bitterness of business, packaged into a gushing, intuitive valentine from Crowe to his former magical life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
May 17, 2009
Cameron Crowe has a knack for making contagious movies that pull audiences into a whirlpool of situations that make you feel impossibly cool because his characters aren't near as cool as their surroundings imply.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A great love letter to classic rock...
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2008
The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Easily the best film on Crowe's already impressive roster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 9, 2008
The film's charm owes far more to its creator's brilliant writing than to his anonymous direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Crowe softens just about everything, as if he didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone he knew back then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Most of the film is a testament to Mr. Crowe's impressive grasp of the music industry, its relationships, and its particular definition of cool and uncool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions...
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Almost perfect on numerous levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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