Live From New York! (2015)
Critic Consensus: Light on detail and insight, Live from New York! offers little that SNL fans haven't seen in any of the show's various retrospective specials.
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It's refreshing to see a retrospective of the show that's not bogged down by overly detailed timelines and the desire to wax nostalgic.
Nguyen does fine work illustrating how SNL went from the ultimate outsider show to the ultimate institution, stopping along the way to touch briefly on controversies .
As infomercials go, the doc is funnier than a Sham-Wow! spot, but it's still an infomercial.
If you simply love the show, and want a movie about how it has reflected - and, rarely, helped change - attitudes about sex, gender and race, then "Live From New York!" may fit the bill.
It's too cursory, too frivolous to make a case for the show's importance as an American institution, even though it insists on it.
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