Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Reviews

December 30, 2020
In Temple's hands it's more than a rock musical; it's a portrait of a flawed, confronting artist and ardent Irish patriot.
December 12, 2020
Julien Temple gave Shane MacGowan exactly the documentary he deserves - unruly and full of heart.
December 11, 2020
MacGowan fans will relish the sheer exuberance of a film that barrels along with the same hectic passion as a vintage Pogues number.
December 6, 2020
Temple has always used archive material playfully; here, it's particularly riotous, like a chaotic patchwork quilt tacked together by one of Shane's drunk aunties.
December 4, 2020
"Crock of Gold" isn't intended as a lament for an artist derailed by his worst impulses, though. Instead, it's a celebration of what MacGowan accomplished at his peak, as well as an explanation of the experiences that informed his music.
December 4, 2020
In the end, the film operates best as an act of ancestor-worship to an extraordinary musician whose best days - we are forced to sadly conclude - appear to be behind him.
December 4, 2020
A serious, nuanced film.
December 3, 2020
Temple has set out to burnish MacGowan's legend with this film, and he does. But for all the gory details on show, the man himself remains only partially revealed.
December 3, 2020
The director Julien Temple - who has excellent documentaries on the Sex Pistols, Joe Strummer and other galvanic musicians under his belt - is very good at this sort of thing.
December 3, 2020
"Crock" is undoubtedly something of a crock itself, MacGowan burnishing his own legend while he still can. He remains a genius at it.
December 1, 2020
A freewheeling mess of a film, hard to pin down but full of ravaged beauty.
December 1, 2020
Julien Temple makes a good case for MacGowan being one of the most interesting things to emerge from punk.
November 30, 2020
Temple has accumulated enough filmmaking tricks to make a downer story feel like a head rush.
November 30, 2020
Crock of Gold is a riotous piece of storytelling...
November 24, 2020
The film is affectingly poignant in its frequently uncomfortable presentation of Shane MacGowan's physical ruination.
November 10, 2020
A richly detailed portrait of a self-destructive talent.