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Festival Express Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2004
Festival Express only delivers, at its best, a mild contact high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
November 7, 2004
ultimately feels a little like warm leftovers
| Original Score: 3/5
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
James Rocchi
July 22, 2004
Long-lost documentary footage of '70s stars emerges and makes an oft-revisited era fresh and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2004
It really is [a joyous time capsule].
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 2, 2004
Made with style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2004
Despite being filmed on ancient Arriflex cameras, and recorded under difficult circumstances, the performances are as good as any you'd hear today, and far better than most other concert films from rock's early days.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 6, 2004
Shows us what we lost -- and what we may never see and hear again.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 30, 2004
Festival Express is musical nirvana! In fact, if you're into (read: INTO) Janis Joplin, Gerry Garcia or The Band stop reading now and run to see this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 16, 2004
A clever look at the period, even if it does slightly sidestep the politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 30, 2004
Captured the imagination of a generation on the cusp of a musical and social cataclysm.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 27, 2004
Given the heavy concentration of old folkies, the on-train jams are fascinating.
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John Anderson
July 30, 2004
Joplin, showing why her live performances became so legendary, cocktail- shakes her musical ferocity with her touching vulnerability and scorches the orchestra seats with a blast of regurgitated Bessie Smith.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2004
One of the great rock 'n' roll movies, a treasure trove of music and a wildly entertaining chronicle of a vanished time.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 13, 2004
Proves less a revelation than a confirmation that these performers -- who are joined on various stops by bluesman Buddy Guy, Ian and Sylvia's post-folkie incarnation as Great Speckled Bird, and others -- were everything they were cracked up to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 13, 2004
It is a rough jewel unearthed, and if you care at all about the era, it will shine for you.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 2004
A fascinating, fly-on- the-wall (or fly-in-the- dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2004
The musical highlights are many, from The Band working through a rousing 'Slippin' & Slidin'' to Buddy Guy jumping off the stage for a blasting guitar solo in the middle of 'Money.'
Read More | Original Score: B+
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