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Young@Heart Reviews

October 17, 2008
Sure, these 'zesty', 'lively' old folks are enjoying themselves. The question is why on earth we should be expected to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
May 26, 2008
A more genuinely sweet and uplifting documentary I have not seen in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 9, 2008
Young@Heart is nothing less than an ode to joy.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 25, 2008
An undeniably sweet mix of disarming honesty, inspired gumption and brutal reality, Young@Heart somehow manages to avoid the maudlin while enhancing the obvious with its portrait of a chorus of senior citizens who sing contemporary rock songs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 25, 2008
What makes Young@Heart such an ingratiating experience goes far deeper than the novelty of seeing old people singing hard rock tunes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2008
In many ways, this serious side of Young@Heart is what ultimately makes the film memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2008
A chorus (average age 80) prepares for a springtime tour, putting their signature spin on classics--classics like The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2008
The project reeks of commercial calculation, which is just tolerable until Walker, in search of a story arc, follows two chorus members with serious illnesses into the hospital.
April 18, 2008
One of the most remarkable scenes you will ever see in a documentary is the chorus of elderly men and women -- average age of 80 -- singing Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young' before convicts in a Massachusetts penitentiary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2008
It's an emotional tapestry, sure to both delight audiences and move them to tears.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2008
The film's emotional peak comes at the end when the chorus performs for prison inmates who must be, on average, well under half the age of the singers. It's a liberating experience, for both sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2008
The doc may indeed be too cute for some, but Walker knows when to step back and let life, with all its harshness and disappointments, into the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2008
In Young@Heart, the prison is old age, and every song's a jailbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2008
It shows that no one has more reason to stick it to The Man with rock music than people who are most defiantly not going gently into that good night.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 17, 2008
Documentarian Stephen Walker's brisk, ironic style of narration and frank inclusion of himself in the observations contribute mightily to the enterprise, which is also aided by his honesty.
April 17, 2008
Nothing prepared me for the unexpected resonance of this life-affirming, death-defying group portrait. Their advanced years have the effect of rejuvenating the lyrics and meaning of every number.
April 16, 2008
[Director] Walker has found a delicate, thoughtful, respectful, witty way to convey both the dignity of the individual men and women singing, as well as the ineffable power of determining to live fully until there's no breath left.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 14, 2008
I love this film!
April 11, 2008
Makes you want to go out and join a chorus -- whatever your age may be.
April 11, 2008
One of the most delightful movies to come along this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2008
Young @ Heart would have been a wonderful newspaper feature. Unfortunately, it's a nonfiction film -- and merely a middling one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2008
Not only is it enjoyable, Young@Heart is a heartening and poignant affirmation of the transformative power of music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2008
You won't believe the world of Young@Heart, but you'll have a hard time resisting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2008
Despite the director, the film is damned wonderful
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2008
The 'Aren't these geezers adorable?' approach ends up diminishing his subjects rather than honoring them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 10, 2008
What makes Young@ Heart work well is the way director-narrator Stephen Walker focuses on how great music transcends age and generational shifts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2008
The film's appeal is at once sentimental and perverse: It's not every day that you get to see a 92-year-old woman soloing on 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go.'
April 9, 2008
Anybody who thinks the Rolling Stones are old should check out the charming documentary Young@Heart, which features a group of rock performers whose average age is around 80.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2008
To observe a fluctuating group of about two dozen singers whose average age is 80 perform in the documentary Young@Heart is to be uplifted, if slightly unsettled.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 30, 2008
An irresistibly joyous, tearful and, most importantly, musical doc about a band of senior pop singers.