On the Road

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On The Road followed the band on tour and is described as a "refreshingly unusual" tour film. "Michael Winterbottom joined the band on the road, capturing 16 different gigs and daily life backstage. Winterbottom's resulting tour film - which records the tour from the point of view of a new member of their crew - is a refreshingly unusual one with unexpected twists; it reveals the relentless, sometimes unglamorous graft of playing live, night after night. But the film also mesmerises, offering a structure that reveals more, at every stop on the road."

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  • This isn't a story of rock 'n' roll bad behaviour or larger than life characters, and in some ways that's refreshing.

    Oct 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Gail Tolley

    Time Out
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  • It's soft, wrong and very, very long.

    Oct 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for a film to dissuade people from joining a band, this is it.Michael Winterbottom's docudrama explores the dark side of touring -- not the sex and drugs (oh, for more of that) but the utter tedium.

    Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • When the tour winds to a close, it's clear that you're supposed to feel the pangs of heartbreak as everyone heads off to brighter climes. Frankly, we were over the moon to be rid of these wet dullards.

    Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Even its most audacious device - the undifferentiated braiding of pure documentary and narrative footage - feels a tad old hat relative to newer hybrid forms in nonfiction filmmaking.

    Feb 9, 2017 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic
  • Michael Winterbottom's On the Road is his best film in years: romantic, erotic and musically euphoric.

    Oct 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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