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Festival Express Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Man, what were they smoking? Oh, yeah, right. That.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
culturevulture.net
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

Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
There are sterling concert performances by several bands in peak form.
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