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Almost Famous Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2008
The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
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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...
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
A blissfully sweet coming-of-age movie in which everyone, young and less young, comes of age.
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: A-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
An utter delight from the first frame to fade-out, it's a love letter to the 1970s.
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January 1, 2000
A delightful film that is touching, funny and eminently enjoyable.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A sweet but curiously unfulfilling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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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Robert Horton
Film.com
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What a shame things should fall short, given how many enjoyable moments can be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The entire movie is as consequential as the Raspberries' greatest hits.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Penny Lane [is] played by Hudson with an intuitive lucidity that recalls the best work of her mother, Goldie Hawn.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
He ... shows us what lies beneath the coolness -- the raw, vibrant longing and the aching legacy of things long past.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Almost Famous is that rarity -- a movie that's great fun to watch and even more fun in retrospect.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
In a wondrous, often beautiful way, that kind of [complete] honesty is the point of Crowe's new film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The performances ... have a beautiful, unforced naturalism, and the movie is laced with memorable moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Story threads weave tightly together without effort or artifice, and line after line of dialogue is naturalistic, clever, or perfectly timed.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
| Original Score: 2/4