The Kids Are Alright (1979)

The Kids Are Alright (1979)




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This collection of tunes from The Who include "Pinball Wizard," "My Generation" and many others. Includes promo clips, and other appearances.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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The Who Films

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Critic Reviews for The Kids Are Alright

All Critics (8)

... a scrappy, vibrant musical portrait painted in the bold colors of rock itself: impassioned lyrics, power chords, crashing drums and smashing guitars.

Full Review… | October 26, 2008

I can't explain, so you'll just have to tune into "My Generation" to get the Who's status as one of the all-time great bands.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Boulder Weekly

This is not a film about rock'n roll, it is rock'n roll.

Full Review… | October 8, 2003

Good Who documentary

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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September 24, 2006

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Kids Are Alright

As a source of archive for The Who, this film worked really well. However, it did not really allow the audience to get to know the band beyond a few of their interviews. And, it needed to be more edited.

Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger

A cracking compilation of archive interview and performance footage of The Who. This type of thing usually gets no further than preaching to the converted, but "The Kids Are Alright" is exceptional in that it could just turn you on to a band you might previously have been ambivalent about. What is abundantly clear to anyone is that they were an awesome live act, comprised of the best rock bassist, perhaps the best drummer and one of the most original songwriters of the era. Oh, and Roger Daltrey. The downside is that the interview footage is not especially illuminating. John Entwistle is largely reticent and Keith Moon hides behind his genial twit facade, but Daltrey manages to drop a few pearls of honest, no-nonsense wisdom. Pete Townshend comes across as a fascinating character, alternately self-effacing, jokey or pompous depending on how highbrow the interview is. My highlight was watching them record "Who Are You?" in the studio.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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There's not much rhyme or reason to the construction of this movie; it's all interviews, TV appearances, promotional films and live performances thrown together. Only occasionally will there be some thematic link between one piece and the next. The Who was an exciting band with a sense of humor, so most of the material is golden. But why wasn't there anything from my favorite album, Quadrophenia? 9+ minutes of "Won't Get Fooled Again" and not one second of "Love Reign O'er Me"? Bah.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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