Neil Young - Greendale (2004)



Critic Consensus: Strictly for Neil Young fans only.

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Critic Reviews for Neil Young - Greendale

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (24)

Overall, it's a pretty irritating movie. But as I watched it, almost in spite of myself, I kept getting caught up in Young's music.

June 18, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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It's dreadfully boring.

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Young might have been thinking high-concept, but on the screen, Greendale devolves into overwrought 'save the planet for another day' screeds and Sunday-school homilies.

May 1, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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You're better off listening to the album than watching this almost unwatchable movie.

April 16, 2004
Houston Chronicle
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Smacks of self-indulgence and misplaced ideals.

Full Review… | April 8, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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An avant home movie posing as an anthem by an artist whose message gets grainier the closer you look.

Full Review… | March 31, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Neil Young - Greendale

(***): [img][/img] I reallly like Neil Young's music and I enjoyed this low-budget film/extended music video(s). To me, fans of his music will love this the most.


[url=""][img][/img][/url] Much better than I anticipated. Nice dancing. Neil Young is not dead. Crazy Horse lives. The "making of" segment is the best part of the film, and brought tears to my eyes as I watched a man I grew up with, getting old, knowing the run is almost over, and wishing for more. Neil Young certainly is an American treasure. Glad he didn't go back home to Canada. It will be interesting to see what his politics will be this next presidential election. Doesn't appear we have anyone out there who will help to save us from ourselves. Sad film for sad days in our country. Fuck Bush (and a very special holiday "fuck you" to all those who voted for him).

M Sarki
M Sarki

I've seen quite a few varied things lately. I'd heard all sorts of things about Neil Young's "Greendale" project, but it turned out to be really good. As a narrative, the movie didn't make much sense, but as a song cycle, it kicked ass with Neil and Crazy Horse in great form. I've seen two very strange thigns in the last few days. The first was a Japanese cartoon called "Super Milk Chan". This was the most disorienting, bizarre thing I'd seen for a while. The art style was much thicker and more primary than most anime, and the plot, such as it is, was a bunch of barely connected non-sequiters between a five year old "super hero", some sort of president who barely seems comptent, and a creaky robot. I'm not sure what to think about it but damn if there aren't eight DVDs worth of this mess available. I'll see at least one just to find if this insanity runs throughout the series. This morning I saw a film which no doubt looked completely normal when it was released in 1930 but seems like something out of the Fifth dimension in 2005, a jungle picture called "Golden Dawn". This movie was an operetta set among British soldiers stationed in Africa during World War I and one particular guy who was in love with a native girl who was not all that she spades. What was weiird here? For openers, how about a "native" girl who is not only obviously white but has supposedly lived in the jungle all her life but doesn't even have a light tan. The hero is Walter Woolf King who would later be the villain in "A Night At The Opera", there are all sorts of music hall style song and dance numbers including one of those creepy tunes where a woman sings about a man who will prove his love for her by socking her in the chops. Then most whacked out of all, there is ace bad hat Noah Beery shoe polished up as a bullying black villain and sporting an accent that sounds like he's planning to meet the Kingfish at the Mystic Knights of the Sea lodge hall. When Paul Robeson did stuff like this, you could get into it but this? Hoo-hah!

Jerome Wilson
Jerome Wilson

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