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Neil Young - Greendale Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Neil Young's latest album is part diatribe, part folk tale. He grabbed a super-8 camera and shot a bunch of flannel-wearing Youngalikes as they lipsynched to the libretto. It's strangely compelling...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 5, 2005
Its strength lies in its rawness, innocence and lack of polish, as it gets the concerned singer's message out loud and clear to those who are believers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

Orlando Weekly
June 19, 2004
If Young's music or essential intrigue -- at any stage of his rich, 30-plus years of unpredictable expression -- have ever entertained your imagination, Greendale will likely yield a fun field trip into the mystery of his evergreen mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 26, 2004
A uniquely and even inspirationally personal work -- particularly if you're down with the movie's message that personal expression is mass culture's Public Enemy No. 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 25, 2004
Unlike anything you've ever seen (or maybe even wanted to), Young's movie is furious, fascinating and utterly fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 19, 2004
It's grungy, honest, disarming and unapologetically original.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 19, 2004
There's no denying the poignancy and power of Young's commitment to old-fashioned -- and, he seems keenly aware, out of fashion -- political activism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 18, 2004
Neil Young's film, less a conventional movie than an album-length music video, is full of ornery wisdom and idiosyncratic sublimity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
March 18, 2004
Has a purposely amateurish feel that doesn't obscure the careful editing.
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
March 18, 2004
It's impossible not to feel involved on a fundamental level.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 16, 2004
A triumph of three-chord energy.
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Joe Brown
San Francisco Chronicle
March 12, 2004
Sitting through Greendale in a Dolby-equipped theater, at high volume with bone-penetrating bass, is an ideal way for Young fans to experience the rustic grandeur of the master's latest album.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
March 11, 2004
It's a beautifully strange vision, created by Young on a cheap 8mm camera, and its David Lynch-style hometown poetics are as simple as they are heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kevin John Bozelka
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 11, 2004
The ceaseless 4/4 lumber of Young's perennial backing band, Crazy Horse, combined with the aggressive grunginess of the imagery, bespeaks commitment, and a sense of purpose.
| Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 11, 2004
On-the-sleeve enough to ultimately prove a little embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 1, 2004
The style and technique devised by the songwriter cum super-8 cameraoperator may not be a new amalgamation of art forms but it makes for an enjoyable entertainment for fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
February 27, 2004
A low-fi movie masterpiece that vividly captures both the grim realities and hippie idealism in Young's absorbing song cycle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2004
An unapologetically personal and passionately political film that brings the album to life in a way that transcends the traditional long-form music video and defies easy categorization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
October 17, 2007
| Original Score: 0/5
Christopher Null
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Kevin Canfield
Senses of Cinema
May 20, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 26, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 6, 2004
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