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Taking Woodstock Reviews

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February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 29, 2011
Does a great job of recreating the time, place and people that came together to make something magical in the middle of the summer of 1969.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2011
A valentine to America.
February 1, 2011
A ham-handed attempt to indicate the oncoming tragedy of Altamont ends the film with a touch of contrivance, but it's the only sour note in an otherwise flawless film.
November 13, 2009
A minor work from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee that is enjoyable but ultimately underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Some will revel in it, but (younger) viewers may find Taking Woodstock old hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Ang Lee's latest dissection of the American dream is one of his most complex and even most deceptively subversive films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Their roles are played largely for easy laughs in James Schamus's script, which meanders in an echo of the freewheeling vibe of peace and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Has some great moments along the way, but as a whole never quite comes together
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
Lee's film, rambling and maddeningly vague as it often is, does manage eventually to get at why something so ephemeral meant so much to so many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2009
This may be the least ambitious of Lee's films, but his directorial chops still guarantee a worthwhile experience.
September 9, 2009
On balance Taking Woodstock--like Teichberg--takes after its immigrant American father, evincing a quiet humility in offering its rambling 'little perspective' of an emblematic happening that was almost everything it was cracked up to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2009
In a field crowded with sharp, aggressive, edgy comedies it's much more gentle, rounded and endearing. Yet it's not altogether warm and fuzzy - there's plenty of bite here and wry insight, too.
September 5, 2009
A gentle, slow-paced coming-of-age movie, 'Taking Woodstock' is not a movie about the historic concert that observes its 40th anniversary this year.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2009
It took me to a time and a place in history I'd really only known thanks to my mother's stories, Lee and Schamus capturing that very same whimsical devil-may-care vibe inherent in all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2009
I loved this sweet, gentle film, and prize its charms and heart far more than the debatable weightiness of Lee's Lust, Caution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 1, 2009
The first half of "Taking Woodstock" is wonderful. Unfortunately, the tone becomes more serious and the pacing meanders in the second half.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2009
The more tightly Taking Woodstock focuses on history, the more satisfying the experience.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2009
Effectively employs iconic Woodstock imagery not to regenerate a numbing sense of mass nostalgia but rather as a minimalist backdrop against which to amplify the anguished, intimate ordeal of a frustrated individual who wasn't even there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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