Beastie Boys Story Reviews

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May 3, 2020
It's all pretty straightforward. But Diamond and Horowitz are great storytellers - no surprise there - and Jonze adds video clips and photos on the giant screen behind them (and makes the occasional mistake, played for laughs).
April 28, 2020
Beastie Boys Story is a tribute to that transformation, a movie about American masculinity and the delicate art of repenting in public.
April 28, 2020
Despite the relatively staid format, it still manages to be a lively and occasionally touching journey through success and failure, artistry and excess, industrial-strength brattiness and even a bit of hard-earned wisdom.
April 27, 2020
Beastie Boys Story is bittersweet more than sad, and doesn't dwell on what-ifs. Instead, the documentary celebrates a singular group that never lost their desire to innovate, create and become better people.
April 26, 2020
It creates a welcome level of irony and mild self-laceration not normally found in the traditional (aka obsequious) music documentary.
April 26, 2020
The Beastie Boys story is simply too big, too strange, too unwieldy for Beastie Boys Story to contain it.
April 25, 2020
It's properly moving.
April 24, 2020
It's just a joy. If you love the Beastie Boys, then you will have a giant smile on your face the entire time.
April 24, 2020
[I]t's more like a memorial service that takes place months or years after the person's death, when the initial shock of their passing has subsided and friends are ready to laugh again about the good times they shared.
April 24, 2020
The question of what our old, younger selves would make of our new, older selves ticks away at the heart of the discreetly sage documentary Beastie Boys Story, a great concert film without a concert.
April 24, 2020
It's a jaunt down memory lane and also a moving and generous elegy.
April 24, 2020
"Beastie Boys Story" is so much more than just the story of the Beastie Boys: It's a treatise on the tragedy and beauty of time, loss and memory, and one of the purest celebrations of friendship and creativity.
April 23, 2020
A joyous, infectious story of the human capacity to change, and the importance of creative freedom to guide that change.
April 22, 2020
Equal parts celebration and self-congratulation, "Beastie Boys Story" might be manna from heaven for completists, but also embeds a spirited social history of American culture in the 1980s and 1990s...
April 21, 2020
The Beastie Boys were genuine artists who transcended the limits of any specific musical genre and invented one of their own. "Beastie Boys Story" provides a charming and poignant explanation for how they pulled it off.
April 21, 2020
"Beastie Boys Story" is less seamless, but more personal, than a classic documentary.
April 21, 2020
This film is a time capsule of the 1980s: an era that was crass and excessive in so many ways, but now seems weirdly exotic.
April 21, 2020
If the movie itself is an imperfect document of the Beasties as a band, it's moments like those that deliver something sweeter, at least for the faithful: a pleasingly shambolic Story of three Boys, and the better men they came to be.
April 21, 2020
In typical Jonze fashion, the film is loose and anarchic yet deceptively well-controlled, its fourth wall always in varying states of permeability.
April 21, 2020
Not surprisingly, it's a love letter, far more polished and smoothed-out than the genre-defying trio might have deserved in their anarchic heyday, but as warm and reflective as you might expect from the middle-aged men they are now.
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