Western Stars Reviews

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June 19, 2020
Western Stars is deeply invested in The Myth of Bruce Springsteen, as though he's invited the audience into his barn, but not into his heart.
December 25, 2019
Bruce Springsteen is THE BOSS, but this Western Stars documentary makes him a legend.
December 12, 2019
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.
November 13, 2019
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 11, 2019
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 10, 2019
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 8, 2019
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 2, 2019
Boss, I never should have doubted you.
November 1, 2019
A captivating musical experience brought to the screen that expresses both the nature of Bruce Springsteen and the meaning behind his album Western Stars.
November 1, 2019
Who says you can't teach an old Boss new tricks?
October 31, 2019
The overly scripted interludes clash with the authenticity of the show, which is plenty strong on its own.
October 31, 2019
It defies the parameters of cinema to create a transfixing work of exceptional elegance.
October 29, 2019
It's the cutaways between songs that stitch it all together with an emotional thread that charts its subject's struggles over the decades.
October 28, 2019
The result is truly cherishable, especially if you're a fan, but maybe even if you're not - because it's hard not to be beguiled by Bruce's charisma, his heartfelt, melancholic meditations on life, and of course his sound.
October 28, 2019
A lovely film that delves deep into the history of Bruce [Springsteen], particularly his young life.
October 28, 2019
The songs fit snugly in the Springsteen canon, as they're populated with the gristle of American life.
October 28, 2019
It goes without saying that the bigger a Springsteen fan you are, the more entranced you'll be by "Western Stars." But it's such an original and unexpected way of presenting the music that even non-fans have to respect.
October 28, 2019
The Boss, older and wiser, remains one of our most perceptive, curious, and eclectic chroniclers of the American experience.
October 27, 2019
Even if you're not taken by Springsteen's music, it's still a richly made concert movie and there is an authenticity in it that's compelling.
October 26, 2019
Having just turned 70 last month, it's not surprising that a man so gifted with words might have a few thoughts on growing older.
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