Neil Young - Greendale Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 18, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 14, 2004
It's dreadfully boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Moon
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 1, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 16, 2004
You're better off listening to the album than watching this almost unwatchable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 8, 2004
Smacks of self-indulgence and misplaced ideals.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2004
An avant home movie posing as an anthem by an artist whose message gets grainier the closer you look.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 26, 2004
Beware of stoner rock stars talking politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 19, 2004
What is intended as a multileveled evocation of Young's values approaches parody, a Christopher Guest-like goof on flower children who stayed too long at the fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2004
More an interesting experiment than an engaging piece of entertainment.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 19, 2004
This is a patience-testing curiosity strictly for the veteran rocker's hard-core fans.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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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
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Brad Kava
San Jose Mercury News
March 12, 2004
83 minutes of dark, grainy images grew irritating quickly.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 11, 2004
It's both too obscure and too obvious to be a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2004
An odd but sometimes lovable little mixture of great rock 'n' roll and charmingly primitive filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 6, 2004
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Mark Brown
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 5, 2004
Think of it as crude visual folk art.
| Original Score: C-
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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
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
February 26, 2004
Rather than stirring the blood, its heartfelt call to arms comes off as a sentimental, even trite, notion from an increasingly distant past.