Year of the Horse (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Year of the Horse (1997)



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Independent film hero Jim Jarmusch followed Neil Young & Crazy Horse during their 1996 world tour and captured it on handheld Super-8. Spliced with archival footage shot by Young and with current interviews from all band members and Young's father, the result is not so much an overview of the band's career as an homage to the power of the band's consistent and timeless work as a four-piece. With three other Neil Young concert films available on home video (Rust Never Sleeps, Weld, Neil Young Unplugged) Year of the Horse seems a bit redundant, but was obviously a labor of love for Jarmusch. Though the current concert footage seems to drag on (Crazy Horse's propensity for endless jamming isn't exciting every night), the old backstage interviews and a classic clip of live Young from 1976 is worth the viewing.
R (adult situations/language)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Shakey Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Year of the Horse

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

Plays like This Is Spinal Tap made from anti-matter. Both films are about aging rockers, but Year of the Horse removes the humor and energy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is quite possibly the worst documentary I have ever had the displeasure of watching on the big screen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Both a quirky little movie and a monument to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest noisemakers.

January 1, 2000
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This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you've ever liked the 52-year-old Young's songs, you'll probably be hooked early on.

January 1, 2000
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If you don't like the music, forget it. But, if you're like me, a Neil Young fan, this is great inside stuff.

Full Review… | June 29, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Year of the Horse

Gritty Neil Young doc with some of his most rockin tunes (if not all his very best performances), and some cool on-the-fly interview bits, including a bible reading from Young and Jarmusch on a bus. Great end sequence with Like a Hurricane too.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

Jim Jarmusch shot this documentary/live about Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse as they toured in 1996. It was shot on low quality film stock intentionally (Super 8mm, and 16mm film stocks as well as Hi-8 Video Tape), and the look is part of the charm. Quite frankly, if you don't like Neil Young and his music, avoid this altogether. It was made for people who really like Neil Young. I liked it for what it was, but it is a little hard to recommend to someone who is only a casual fan of Young and his work.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

2/4 Stars This was a documentary about Neil Young and Crazy Horse, but this movie was boring in most of these parts. The music was okay and boring at the same time. Like I said, this was boring in second half, and I was ready to turn it off. I think that Neil Young is a fine artist, but I don't think that this documentary is something for people to watch over and over again.

Austin Morgan
Austin Morgan

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