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Monterey Pop Reviews

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July 19, 2017
Even now, 50 years later, Monterey Pop packs a hell of a wallop. In the final sequence when the crowd leaps to its feet in rapture and ecstasy, it is hard not to want to do precisely the same thing.
July 7, 2017
Like the time and artists it captures "Monterey Pop" is imperfect, yet vital.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 23, 2017
With its banners touting love and flowers, Monterey Pop shows the tribes before they went their separate ways.
June 16, 2017
Monterey Pop is a vibrant encapsulation of that far-off event, with one jaw-dropping performance after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2017
It really was a special moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2017
There's something heartbreaking about seeing a cultural movement at its apex, knowing it would not have the impact so many of its proponents dreamed of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2017
The effect is one of estranging intimacy, bringing us impossibly near to these sublime beings onstage and yet somehow ensuring that they remain forever mysterious, magical, and untouchable.
February 12, 2010
Plays today like a dry run for 1970's Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, without the epic scope of the former or the Dionysian drama of the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2009
... a concert film as a cinema vérité documentary, a little shaggy, a little low-fi, up close and intimate and very much in tune with the audience basking in the joy of the music...
August 28, 2009
D.A. Pennebaker's great concert film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 8, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
July 13, 2007
Next to Woodstock, this is an excellent glimpse into the sixties and the musical experience, with great performances from rock legends.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 3, 2006
From that mix of cultural revolution, undeniable talent, and stage-managed hype came Monterey Pop, the first in a cycle of widely-released, mass-audience 'rockumentaries.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2006
...a beatific 79-minute document that set out to catch the look, the feel, and especially the sounds of a seminal moment in American popular culture.
July 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2005
It is possible that the way to a new kind of musical -- using some of the talent and energy of what is still the most lively contemporary medium -- may begin with just this kind of musical performance documentary.
April 13, 2005
Woodstock is more famous, Altamont more notorious, but the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was the first great coming together of the tribes of the rock 'n' roll generation.
April 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2003
The historical festival is forever young on DVD, and the format allows for tons of archival footage... and what's better than new stuff?
Read More | Original Score: 89/100
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