Alice's Restaurant
Alice's Restaurant (1969)

Arlo Guthrie's 18-minute "talkin' blues" song hit Alice's Restaurant is herein expanded into an 111-minute feature film. The basic storyline, concerning Guthrie's arrest for being a litterbug, is re-created, with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

[Penn] has transformed a charming shaggy-dog story into a melancholy epitaph for an entire era.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Brilliantly visualised.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

To his credit, Penn refused to romanticize his subjects, and the film stands as a fairly accurate chronicle of the times.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Penn's genius overtakes the dropout romance, like a final post-bacchanal hangover that suggests liberation as an El Dorado dream.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Good work in a minor key.

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Penn's strong sympathy with the outsider and anti-Establishment stance comes across in a film that appealed to those who could identify with this communal hippie haven, but now seems too naive and distant.

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There are occasional flashes of wry humor and some rib-tickling sequences. But they are all too few.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's worth checking out for the marvelous look back at how the counterculture dropouts related to each other and to the straight older generation in the late 1960s.

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Emanuel Levy

Inspired by Guthrie's ballad, Arthur Penn's film is a summation of the anti-establishment, anti-Vietnam War generation, clinging to the ideal of a collectivist life in a Stockbridge commune.

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Spencer S.
Very much of its decade, this sixties' iconoclastic film features the best of the folk era and also re-imagines a true story about the complications of… More
Adam Mahler
Arlo does well, playing an observer, almost pure of heart; he deals with his own mortality in his father's death from Huntington's; a hippie idyll… More
Aj V
Yes it's an off beat off key kind of movie, but that's not always good. I thought this movie was pretty boring for the most part. Maybe that's… More
Lanning : )
Compare a film like <i>Hair</i> with this one, a tribute to and expansion on Arlo Guthrie's sometime anthem for America in the 1960s. For… More
Randy Tippy
One of those 'generational anthems' that's more endearing because it's a tad off key. Arlo Guthrie's semi-autobiographical homage to… More
John Ballantine
I didn't like it. I never felt any affinity for the characters nor did the story grab me. I suspect I'm not getting something.