Western Stars

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A cinematic gift for Springsteen fans, Western Stars serves as a worthy companion piece to the album of the same name.

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"Western Stars" is a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen's latest globally successful album of the same name. Springsteen's longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directed the film together with Springsteen, marking Springsteen's directorial debut. The film "Western Stars" offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn. Springsteen's first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West--both the mythic and the hardscrabble--weaving archival footage and Springsteen's personal narration with song to tell the story.

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Critic Reviews for Western Stars

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  • Bruce Springsteen is THE BOSS, but this Western Stars documentary makes him a legend.

    December 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Shot at [Bruce's] barn in New Jersey among friends and family, the setting is so intimate it feels you received your very own invitation.

    December 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Western Stars isn't going to break the music documentary mold, and there are some interstitial segments that are honestly downright cheesy, but if you're a Springsteen fan, you should find plenty to love about it.

    November 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The performance footage is mesmerising, as Springsteen articulates the intimacy of lyrics imbued with themes of a mythic West, despite sharing the stage with a full electric band and a 30-piece orchestra.

    November 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • We can stare at his iconic Boss pose - sturdy, bent-kneed, poised like a hood ornament into the wind... but like the music itself, it feels a little too smooth, a little too contrived and just a teensy bit cheesy to embrace on a deeply personal level.

    November 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Each song is performed live in the film, and each song is set up with a short video narrated by Springsteen explaining the inspiration for each song. This movie is as much about Springsteen the man, as it is about Springsteen, the performer.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Oct 24, 2019
    Real Simple. Bruce, Patti and a string orchestra perform the new album in an old barn, with Bruce providing liner notes in between songs. Simple, and really good. Album is reminiscent of #Nebraska.
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