CSNY Déjà Vu
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Since their debut in the late '60s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have functioned as the "town criers" of their generation. With songs like "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," CSNY were in the forefront of Vietnam-era protest and anti-war sentiment. Though fondly remembered for their harmonies and love songs, the band has never lost its political edge. "CSNY: Déjà Vu" finds the band heading out on their "Freedom of Speech 2006" of North America, featuring music from Neil Young's controversial "Living With War" CD. With… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a good, strong documentary."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The band's harmonies have crumbled and their new songs sound like paint being chipped off an aluminum shed with a garden rake. Their hits would sound better on the next eight-track you see at a yard sale."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The combination of music with the performers' dedication makes this more moving than a concert souvenir, though they are almost upstaged by touching moments with veterans."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Neil Young, though he be the writer of some of the finest, most trenchant, angriest political songs of the last fifty years, has no skill at marshaling arguments in a cinematic context."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Come to think of it, maybe the reason the movie spends so much time patting the band on the back is because it is obvious movie audiences aren't likely to."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Many come to the shows unprepared for the heavy sermonizing. Others call for it. The documentary seems equally divisive."
‑ Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle
"Young, who directed the movie, compares today's climate with the Vietnam era, and doesn't bother hiding his disappointment in the present."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This is not a rock tour film for CSNY fans so much as a rambling, occasionally thought-provoking, sometimes moving enquiry into the question of whether the sixties protest music generation has lost its leverage over hearts and minds."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"The problem isn't what it's communicating. It's the awkward structure and tendency toward redundancy. The film's a hodgepodge of songs, old footage and stories of the Iraq War that just doesn't come together with any sense of narrative cohesiveness."
‑ Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com
"CSNY Déjà Vu doesn't break any new documentary ground, but it does exactly what it sets out to do: Preserve a live event and make it available to a broader audience."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"CSNY Déjà Vu has some delicious moments, but you never quite shake the feeling that it's documenting a tempest in a teapot."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Recent and archival interview, news, war and music footage, which often juxtapose the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts, round out this unflinching, well-constructed picture."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"What saves CSNY/Deja Vu from its self-importance is the surprisingly lively, timely and timeless music."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"One can't help finding it funny that the most poorly positioned elements in the film are musical ones, yet the uniquely raw and under-produced sound of the band does find itself a comfortable home in this raw and under-produced doc."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film avoids discussing politics directly, and instead discusses the right to discuss politics."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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