Down from the Mountain Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
November 23, 2002
Feels glossed over and incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 4, 2001
There are plenty of musical highlights here.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 22, 2001
It's poor filmmaking, but wonderful music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 27, 2001
Has the ease of a casual get-together by musicians who enjoy jamming with each other and who give us the privilege to sit there and listen and watch.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 7, 2001
If you have any affection at all for traditional American music, the movie itself ... is pretty close to heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 20, 2001
The whole experience is wonderful -- and this is a film to own on videotape, since you'll probably want to play these songs again and again.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2001
In her performances and asides to the documentarians, it is Welch who best articulates why this music is so moving.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
September 7, 2001
The most uplifting movie of a numbing year -- a feel-good film full of songs about feeling god-awful.
Shawn Levy
October 25, 2001
Hardly a groundbreaking concert movie, but it's a creditably agreeable one.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 18, 2004
A beautifully done record of a very unusual event - and one that inadvertently serves as a testament to John Hartford, making it a very special document of musical history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
October 19, 2001
John Hartford is the uncle you wish to God you had had as a kid. And he can play that fiddle, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 25, 2001
A Polaroid sprung to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Von Doviak
September 10, 2001
One of the rare concert films that successfully erases the distance between viewing audience and onscreen performers.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 30, 2001
If this picture doesn't set your toe tapping and your spirit soaring, you'd better check your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Alarik
Boston Globe
September 7, 2001
A superb concert film chock-full of thrilling musical moments and backstage peeks at some of America's finest roots artists.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2001
Valuable if only for its recording of a group of great and sadly unappreciated American musicians who have toiled far too long in relative obscurity.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2001
'This is stupendous,' participant Welch says of the concert. Spectators will feel the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Simels
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 7, 2001
Frankly, it's shot and edited like a PBS special of average quality. But musically it's often breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 7, 2001
Roots-music lovers will find plenty here to applaud.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 9, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Barbara Ellen
Times [UK]
November 7, 2001

October 29, 2001
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2001
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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