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Almost Famous Reviews

August 19, 2008
The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
April 27, 2007
None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music.
February 9, 2006
It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions...
August 7, 2004
A blissfully sweet coming-of-age movie in which everyone, young and less young, comes of age.
October 3, 2002
The film shimmers with the irresistible pleasures that define Hollywood at its best -- it's polished like glass, funny, knowing and bright, and filled with characters whose lives are invariably sexier and more purposeful than our own.
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
May 8, 2001
A winner because Crowe dares to wear his heart on his sleeve. For this movie at least, he's with the band.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
It offers the kind of top-notch entertainment that has been sadly lacking in multiplexes this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
It rocks hard and sweetly, making that past live and sing for us. I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
January 1, 2000
It's easy to connect with a story like Crowe's because it is a story rooted in the human comedy, in truth.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
An utter delight from the first frame to fade-out, it's a love letter to the 1970s.
January 1, 2000
A delightful film that is touching, funny and eminently enjoyable.
January 1, 2000
A sweet but curiously unfulfilling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Crowe is so good on mood and milieu that when Elton John's bubblegum ballad 'Tiny Dancer' swells on the soundtrack, in this context it sounds like a hymn.
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.
January 1, 2000
See it and it'll stay with you as your own memories do: funny, poignant, bittersweet and irreplaceable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
As a director [Crowe] has an extraordinary gift for drawing out rounded, complex performances even in supporting roles and for indicating the fine emotional shadings in the relationships among his characters.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Panoramic yet cozy, enthusiastically glib, Almost Famous suggests a universe of interlocking sitcoms.
January 1, 2000
A triumph of personal filmmaking ... because it exhibits the care and specificity of an artist working through his own mind, not through a committee's idea of what a movie should be.
January 1, 2000
What a shame things should fall short, given how many enjoyable moments can be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
January 1, 2000
The entire movie is as consequential as the Raspberries' greatest hits.
January 1, 2000
What moments it has! With his pitch-perfect ear for the music swirling through every scene, Crowe seems to hear the words in his characters' hearts.
January 1, 2000
Penny Lane [is] played by Hudson with an intuitive lucidity that recalls the best work of her mother, Goldie Hawn.
January 1, 2000
He ... shows us what lies beneath the coolness -- the raw, vibrant longing and the aching legacy of things long past.
January 1, 2000
Almost Famous is that rarity -- a movie that's great fun to watch and even more fun in retrospect.
January 1, 2000
In a wondrous, often beautiful way, that kind of [complete] honesty is the point of Crowe's new film.
January 1, 2000
The performances ... have a beautiful, unforced naturalism, and the movie is laced with memorable moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
January 1, 2000
The message is as stillwater clear as it is irresistibly romantic. By virtue of its transcendent graces, music pulls us above the din of our own pettiness.
January 1, 2000
Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
January 1, 2000
Story threads weave tightly together without effort or artifice, and line after line of dialogue is naturalistic, clever, or perfectly timed.
January 1, 2000
The moral education that follows is fairly predictable ... but Crowe follows its contours with a sharp eye for detail and genuine sympathy for the pathos of some of the delusions involved.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4