Neil Young: Heart of Gold - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Neil Young: Heart of Gold Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 10, 2006
A schmaltzy filmed record of a Nashville concert given by the legendary former rocker, who has morphed into the new Kenny Rogers.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 24, 2006
Who is the star here, Neil Young or Hank William's guitar?
| Original Score: 6/10
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Brad Kava
San Jose Mercury News
February 18, 2006
I couldn't help but wish that as long as Young was making a new film with a top-tier director at the helm, he would have provided more insight into his life, as Martin Scorsese's recent TV documentary did for Bob Dylan.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 10, 2006
The all-acoustic, Young-unplugged concert is gilded in reverence but is appreciably lacking in, well, electricity ... Diehards will have to wait until the last 20 minutes for Young to mine his repertoire of golden 1970s hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Pulver
October 7, 2006
Pleasant, but hardly pulse-quickening stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2006
Another snapshot of his fabled career that's of little interest to anyone outside his many fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Evelyn McDonnell
Miami Herald
April 7, 2006
It doesn't penetrate his craggy mystique, or make us hear his music in a new way. Instead, it's the same old choir song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 24, 2006
Some defiant rockers are forever young. This one is in name only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
February 10, 2006
It's hard to go wrong with Jonathan Demme behind the camera and Neil Young at the mike, but somehow Heart Of Gold leaves you wondering if perhaps that gold is merely gilt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 17, 2006
This Prairie Wind concert is one long sweet twang of wistful not-quite-regret.
| Original Score: 3/5
Corey Hall
Orlando Weekly
May 20, 2006
...The arrival of Neil Young: Heart of Gold should be an inspiration to music buffs and cinephiles alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2006
A gorgeous and often moving film that perfectly captures the essence of Neil Young's acoustic work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 27, 2006
Maybe it's not better to burn out than fade away after all.
Full Review| Original Score: 88/100
Mark Keizer
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 10, 2006
Mentions of his recently deceased father and college-age daughter give the film a sad, retrospective feel, but, by the final curtain, what could have been a heartbreaking farewell becomes a gently triumphant welcome home.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 24, 2006
Like its troubadour, Heart of Gold is smart and generous with its seeming simplicity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
But this new concert movie is also a warm, unhurried paean to the considered pains and pleasures of middle age.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2006
Heart of Gold is the work of an egalitarian lover of music. Demme uses the camera as a divining rod, pointing at the man with the guitar.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
Young's presence, his heartfelt delivery, and the audience's fore-knowledge of his brain aneurysm add enough weight to make the film a surprisingly emotional experience
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
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