Young@Heart (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Young@Heart (2007)



Critic Consensus: Full of endearing characters, this doc about a choir of "seniors behaving badly" is uplifting and delightful.

Movie Info

The Young@Heart Chorus is a vocal group from Northampton, MA, who have earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash. However, this isn't a teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook -- the Young@Heart Chorus is comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, and under director Bob Cilman they've gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock & roll tunes. Filmmaker Stephen Walker spent several weeks with the members of the Young@Heart Chorus as they rehearsed for their annual concert in Northampton, and Young@Heart is a documentary which offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age. Produced for British television, Young@Heart was screened in competition at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some mild language and thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2008
Box Office: $3.8M
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Bob Cilman
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Joe Benoit
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Helen Boston
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Louise Canady
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Elaine Fligman
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Jean Florio
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Len Fontaine
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Stan Goldman
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Eileen Hall
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Jeanne Hatch
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Donald Jones
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Fred Knittle
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Norma Landry
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John Larareo
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Miriam Leader
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Patsy Linderme
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Brock Lynch
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Steve Martin
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Joe Mitchell
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Dora B. Morrow
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Gloria Parker
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Liria Petrides
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Ed Rehor
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Bob Salvini
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Jack Schnepp
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Janice St. Laurence
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Critic Reviews for Young@Heart

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (30)

Sure, these 'zesty', 'lively' old folks are enjoying themselves. The question is why on earth we should be expected to watch.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Ya gotta love these guys! How could you NOT love these guys?

Full Review… | July 13, 2012

This film shows the triumph of the human spirit and the strength of will.

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
7M Pictures

Despite the director's smarmy narration and interviews, the bemused equanimity of these folks who've seen it all could inspire each of us to what "we can can" do as we age.

Full Review… | December 7, 2008

If it...verges on being just slightly patronising at times, that's a quarrel with the filmmakers, not its participants.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

It's a pity that director Stephen Walker, who also narrates, imposes so much of himself on the material, asking at times the most insensitive questions.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
The Australian

Audience Reviews for Young@Heart


A touching documentary about the unlikeliest of American institutions, a chorus group from New England made up of seniors that performs an annual show, sometimes in Europe, despite the fact that many members are knocking at death's door. What's more, the film is punctuated by a few "music video" interludes that showcase some telling tracks, particularly "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones, David Bowie's "Golden Years" and disco classic "Stayin' Alive". It won't take long to warm up to this film as you watch it, and it's impossible to avoid being moved. "I'm just tired and bored with myself," (a line from Bruce Springsteen's "Dancin' in the Dark") sure sounds different coming from a group of 80-year-olds performing at a prison... and making the inmates cry! Young of Heart wedges a beautiful slice between plenty of entertaining songs, and it makes for a film that's not to be missed.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

You're Never Too Old To Rock.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Documentary about a choir group from Northampton, Massachusetts, average age 80, that sing rock & roll tunes. Overly precious, even condescending, narration, mars the film. At times, feels a little like one of those "old people are cute" segments that often end nighttime newscasts. However it's hard not to like this film, these people are wonderful and their heart shines through.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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