Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

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Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation lives up to its title with an entertaining contextualization of the titular festival and its cultural impact.

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In August 1969 -- against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War -- half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity -- the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people -- was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the "peace and love" the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture's promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur's farm? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, WOODSTOCK takes us back to the three days that defined a generation.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (4)

  • It does bring a freshness to a story that we've heard a million times.

    October 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The promotors lost their shirt but oh, what they created. Fascinating stuff.

    September 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Some optimism is required to allow for the possibility that the chaos of Woodstock offered a template for anything, but, if you inhale deeply, the film just about achieves this microcosmic ambition.

    August 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Woodstock has a complicated legacy and a lot of myths surrounding it, but Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation decided to go with the story that most of us know by heart. But it's still an entertaining watch, if not overly informative.

    August 7, 2019 | Full Review…

    Joel Keller

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  • Arrogantly infuriating... Baby Boomers didn't change the world at Woodstock, or create a New Man... It's sad that, 50 years later, they still can't tell the difference.

    August 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Over-familiar, but still revelatory, amusing and at times -- quite moving.

    August 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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