Almost Famous
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Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school -- inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). Anita rebels by dropping out of school and becoming a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It's a sweet-minded, picaresque story, woolly with some of its dramatic details, but stacked with attractions..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film itself -- a quasi-autobiography of writer-director Cameron Crowe -- is still good, but not as good as it seemed 14 years ago."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Great, but lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"It's a world of brotherhood, groupies, the bright spotlight of fame, and the bitterness of business, packaged into a gushing, intuitive valentine from Crowe to his former magical life."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Neither as outright funny nor as resonant as it seems to want to be."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A blissfully sweet coming-of-age movie in which everyone, young and less young, comes of age."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"will satisfy many music fans for its honest portrayal of the rock-band life"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Director Cameron Crowe won the Original Screenplay Oscar for his warmly nostalgic, often sharply observed memoir of his early days as a music journalist"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cameron Crowe has a knack for making contagious movies that pull audiences into a whirlpool of situations that make you feel impossibly cool because his characters aren't near as cool as their surroundings imply."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"None of the non-musical components on the screen matched the excitement of the music."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The film shimmers with the irresistible pleasures that define Hollywood at its best -- it's polished like glass, funny, knowing and bright, and filled with characters whose lives are invariably sexier and more purposeful than our own."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"...funny, joyous, touching, and moving...a very personal film and a most-universal one combined."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Whether disappointed or elated, Cameron Crowe's observations are trenchant. Instinct is the greatest asset as idols let you down. That first gulp of passion in a profession can quench you for years. Quite often, bassists and drummers have little to say."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A great love letter to classic rock..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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