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Almost Famous Reviews

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Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
January 1, 2000
God has truly blessed Cameron Crowe. I know this because Crowe is one of the few people in the world who can nostalgically look back on their teenage years and not see personal misery and suffering.
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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 3, 2003
Suffers from a strange fakeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Almost a movie, full of great ideas for characters and situations, but not yet able to make them as persuasive or affecting as it thinks they are.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Panoramic yet cozy, enthusiastically glib, Almost Famous suggests a universe of interlocking sitcoms.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The entire movie is as consequential as the Raspberries' greatest hits.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 1, 2000
[Crowe] seems to be remembering experiences that he doesn't have a hold on, and emotions that he's never completely sorted out for himself.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2001
A nostalgia factory of popular music that is less a movie than it is a vehicle for baby boomer reminiscence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wrathall
Sight and Sound
April 13, 2001
These characters have none of the passion and incipient mania that made Jerry Maguire -- or John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler in Crowe's debut Say Anything -- so engaging.
Ben Varkentine
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
The moments are too pat, the jokes too predictable, and the whole thing lacks the sprawl of life, the verisimilitude that would sell the story.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A sweet but curiously unfulfilling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Its groupie body lacks gonzo bones.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
Almost Famous isn't half bad, but I have to say that after 120 minutes of it, I was more than ready to flee, lest the cast break into another group version of 'Tiny Dancer.'
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's a lot like being invited to a friend's house to watch home movies, but he keeps the real stuff locked up and shows old programs he taped from television instead.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
This is the celluloid version of a glossy magazine feature -- easily perused, modestly entertaining, the kind of piece designed to please the publisher by not taxing (or offending) the reader.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
It's a well-modulated, immensely likable picture that's finally too polite for both its subject matter and its critical theme.
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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.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 5, 2005
The acting is unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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