Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

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Once Were Brothers my frustrate Band fans looking for a less narrowly focused overview, but the group's music and history remain as engrossing as ever.

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The story of a band that went from backing up Bob Dylan to becoming one of the most influential groups of its era.

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (10)

  • The terrifyingly industrious Robertson effectively narrates the story and takes centre stage, which is probably right considering how central he was to the outfit.

    September 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a bracing journey filled with wonderful anecdotes and splendid footage, and it is, emphatically, Robbie Robertson telling the story of The Band, from his perspective.

    May 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The better way to come close to an understanding of who The Band was is to re-watch The Last Waltz instead.

    March 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Robert Levin

    Newsday
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  • Robertson is chasing something different here - a fond remembrance of the complicated friendships lost along the way that celebrates the good times through the music they created while they could.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Even at its most painful, the Band's story captures something golden, incendiary and wistfully beautiful - "so beautiful," Robertson reflects, "that it went up in flames."

    February 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Music fans will appreciate this cinematic ode to the greatness of the Band, if not its lack of fairness.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…

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