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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Reviews

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Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
January 18, 2008
irector Jim Brown tells the story well even if he refuses to address any of the singer's missteps (such as becoming infuriated when Dylan first plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival).
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 7, 2007
A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 26, 2007
Fans like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan express unvarnished awe, but it's the well-told arc of Seeger's life that makes the strongest impression, as director Jim Brown takes us from the highs to the lows and back up again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 26, 2007
As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 25, 2007
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song could have been called Pete Seeger: The First Punk. As the film traces the singer's long life, it also, inevitably, tracks the evolution of American countercultures through much of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
October 23, 2007
Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2007
The Power of Song shows this icon of 20th-century music to be a man of passion and principle, and a true American. An important figure, an important film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2007
[Seeger] traversed decades, styles, even continents to bring the people's music to the people. This distinction is made with suitable and skillful great appreciation by director Jim Brown in Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 28, 2007
A full and fond documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
If you've never heard of Pete Seeger or if you've known him all your life, see this film. Walking out, you might just be ready to put the world together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2007
The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2007
I don't know if Pete Seeger believes in saints, but I believe he is one. He's the one in the front as they go marching in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
September 8, 2007
As certain to get auds singing as the man himself, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 1940s.