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Pearl Jam Twenty Reviews

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Joseph Rose
Oregonian
September 20, 2011
Crowe, a former Rolling Stone reporter, wastes unprecedented access to one of modern rock's most private, compelling and enigmatic acts to create little more than a promotional video for Pearl Jam's non-stop tours.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Perhaps Pearl Jam's arc too closely resembles Crowe's own, and he can't see what's so uniquely poignant about dimmed but enduring stars.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
If only it was about something other than rockers almost irked they got famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 23, 2011
In a better film, Crowe would have played journalist instead of fan boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 21, 2011
Cameron Crowe's chronicle of the Seattle grunge quintet's first two decades is undeniably thorough - even offshoot Temple of the Dog gets the spotlight - but it's also weirdly self-aggrandizing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 27, 2011
It is a huge missed opportunity on Crowe's part. In his attempt to show the best traits of a band he is obviously very enamored with, he's wound up with a pretty lackluster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 23, 2011
Crowe has assembled some top-drawer ephemera -- old show posters, home movies, and candid backstage footage -- but he overestimates his audience's patience for present-day talking-head interviews.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2011
PJ is far from the key band of its moment (and where's that movie?), resulting in a doc that feels padded.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 11, 2011
A deadly combination of fanboy, friend, and Richie Cunningham, Crowe has zero objectivity about the band
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Gholson
Movies.com
February 3, 2012
Pearl Jam Twenty may not create new fans, but for existing fans, it's an exceptional musical experience.
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 21, 2011
For the biggest fans, it may be the single best movie going experience you will have this year
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Henry Barnes
Guardian
September 15, 2011
Vedder is charming, his band rather bland. As trips down memory lane go, it's a bit of a trudge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 22, 2011
A great introduction to the band as well as a great recap for the fans who have been there all along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2011
A loving, gracefully crafted retrospective that shrewdly eschews Behind the Music conventions at most turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
September 24, 2011
With noticeable gaps between the telling of its first decade and its second, Pearl Jam Twenty didn't necessarily need to be a feature, but is a really lovely fan letter to a band that's worked hard for the devotion and respect it receives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 22, 2011
While the movie may not have the insight of D. A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back" or even Phil Joanou's U2 travelogue, "Rattle and Hum," Pearl Jam devotees will not go home musically unnourished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
September 29, 2011
Very few music documentaries in the history of the form have more successfully conveyed the inner workings and outer artistic expression of a band than Cameron Crowe's brilliant Pearl Jam Twenty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5.0
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
With its intimacy and (this can't be emphasized enough) fantastic sound, Pearl Jam Twenty is like two hours spent rediscovering the band through excellent headphones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 29, 2011
[Crowe] merely wants to capture the personalities, the songs and the shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 20, 2011
Any enterprise like this is inherently self-congratulatory, but the film is best considered from Crowe's perspective: that of a fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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