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Festival Express Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Man, what were they smoking? Oh, yeah, right. That.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 1, 2005
A good snapshot of an earlier, simpler, more innocent time that seems now even longer ago than it was.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
It's touching to see rock stars in such a raw, uncommercial state. And the film, shot on rich-grained 16 mm, has none of the hyper, fast-cutting style of contemporary concert videos.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2004
The music was fabulous--a reason enough to cherish this first-rate documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Null
November 7, 2004
ultimately feels a little like warm leftovers
| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 4, 2004
Both drive-thru snapshot travelogue of nomad alternative culture, and one-of-a-kind caught moments of intimate jam sessions.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 19, 2004
It captures a pure moment in time when musical hearts and minds beat as one, when musicians of all stripes came together to work and play hard and leave behind one damn fine-looking corpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2004
Divided between time-capsule concert footage ... and backward-glancing interviews - alas, not enough of the former and too much of the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 8, 2004
A very well-assembled piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 24, 2004
A fascinating, tuneful excursion into the Woodstock Nation, circa 1970.
| Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
September 24, 2004
A rock 'n' roll time capsule that may be the final, great chronicle of the musical brilliance of the late 1960s.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 23, 2004
A remarkable cultural document that captures the circus-like atmosphere and the raw and immediate quality of the performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bret McCabe
Orlando Weekly
September 23, 2004
From the moment Joplin announces her arrival in the film she holds you rapt under her spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jesse Paddock
September 23, 2004
Joplin lets loose a version of 'Cry Baby' that should stand as one of the great performances in any concert film.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 13, 2004
With her whiskey-marinated, desperate-for-love, full-tilt blooz mama wildcat yowl still intact, Janis Joplin is the best thing about this film...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 9, 2004
A time of innocence and hope was rolling away like a train leaving the station, and "Festival Express" gives it a fond farewell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
September 4, 2004
The road doc format's nothing new, but it preserves such a brief, precious moment in rock history that it'll have fans captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
There are sterling concert performances by several bands in peak form.
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
A delirious piece of pop ephemera, a time capsule set on the cusp between the Summer of Love and the Day the Music Died.
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 3, 2004
What's most revealing and human about Festival Express are its candid looks at artists bonding aboard the choo-choo.
| Original Score: 3/4
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