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Neil Young: Heart of Gold Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 5, 2006
...Even those who haven't followed Young's every recent move could well find his performance here surprisingly captivating.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
The best moments in the film are when Ellen Kuras's camera just sits there taking in the whole stage, the whole gorgeous ecosystem.
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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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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
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Larry Rodgers
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2006
When it comes to pop-music icons, Neil Young is the full package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 24, 2006
Neil Young: Heart of Gold is one of the best live concert films ever made. If you like Neil Young, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 24, 2006
It does what the best movies of any genre do: turn the produced and scripted into something sincere and honest.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 24, 2006
One of the new year's most satisfying films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 24, 2006
Few artists are so adept at addressing the past and embracing the future all at once. And few recent films have so gracefully captured a musician at a specific point in his time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 23, 2006
Neil Young: Heart of Gold, director Jonathan Demme's lovingly shot document of Young's August 2005 performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, has to rank among the most heartfelt concert films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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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
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
February 17, 2006
If you're looking for a piece of entertainment that's a superlative showcase by and for one of popular music's most iconic figures, search no further than Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2006
It's movie and music bliss.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 17, 2006
Heart of Gold -- filmed in much the same manner [as Stop Making Sense], with pristine sound and a notable lack of audience shots -- is a deeper and infinitely more touching piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 16, 2006
It's hard to film icons like Young as anything but icons, but Demme's film gets past the legend, zooming in on Young's aged, heroic face and finding an artist as human as the rest of us.
| Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 16, 2006
All in all, a visual and musical feast.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 16, 2006
Director Demme is smart and sensitive enough to sit back and listen to the music without attention-getting intrusions.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 16, 2006
It will be hard for any Young devotee not to succumb to the music, as Demme turns the movie theater into a concert hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 10, 2006
A love letter to the consistency, and the familiarity, of that voice.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 10, 2006
A film that is both a celebration and a wistful look back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 10, 2006
In his new concert film, though, Neil Young: Heart of Gold he shows his age. And embraces it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 10, 2006
Dropping in amusing anecdotes and tender memories, a deeply reflective Young revisits -- and often reinterprets -- both his recent and classic work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2006
It's the record of a life, a musical and spiritual autobiography, and as directed by Jonathan Demme it taps into the kind of unashamed, unsentimental emotion that's become increasingly rare in films of any kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2006
The mesmerizing, heart-tugging concert film Heart of Gold confirms Neil Young's stature as a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 9, 2006
Jonathan Demme's concert film captures Neil Young in a ruminative state of mind at Nashville's storied Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 9, 2006
To see and hear Neil Young: Heart of Gold is like soaking in a warm tub filled to the brim with luxuriant, life-restoring music.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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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David Denby
New Yorker
February 8, 2006
One might call Neil Young: Heart of Gold soothing, even becalmed, but mellowness and ripeness, when they exist at this high level of craft, should have their season, too.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2006
Young, wizened yet valiant, his voice still braying at the moon, delivers these songs of aging and loss as if caught in a beautiful dream of what lies waiting for him on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Charity
Village Voice
February 7, 2006
It's a sentimental show, sure, but Young's pantheistic hymns to family, friendship, and 'the time we share together' are nothing if not heartfelt. Turns out it's better to fade away after all.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2006
This is more than a movie, it's a privilege.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 27, 2006
The concert film has never looked or sounded classier than Jonathan Demme's superbly crafted Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2006
This smart, aesthetically understated concert film from Jonathan Demme will transport Young's legions of baby boomer fans back to the future, as 1969 re-invents itself in 2005 for Young.