Down from the Mountain
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film that's lovely to hear, though not much to look at."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Like the old-timey music that inspired it, Down From the Mountain is sweet, serene and utterly unconcerned with polish."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautifully done record of a very unusual event - and one that inadvertently serves as a testament to John Hartford, making it a very special document of musical history."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Has the ease of a casual get-together by musicians who enjoy jamming with each other and who give us the privilege to sit there and listen and watch."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"It's poor filmmaking, but wonderful music."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The music is grand, the performances are direct and Down From the Mountain is unpretentious in its presentation of both."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A tender tribute to Hartford's spirit, and to the enduring value of the plaintive and celebratory music that emerged from this country's farm fields and front porches and backwoods churches."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"Now if you're looking for an in-depth study of the music, look elsewhere. This movie is strictly about the one event [a benefit concert (for the Country Music Hall of Fame 2001)]."
‑ , Film Threat
"Hardly a groundbreaking concert movie, but it's a creditably agreeable one."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's impossible to deny the unalloyed joy that the film gives the spectator."
‑ Jason Wood,
"In her performances and asides to the documentarians, it is Welch who best articulates why this music is so moving."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The whole experience is wonderful -- and this is a film to own on videotape, since you'll probably want to play these songs again and again."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Feels glossed over and incomplete."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A Polaroid sprung to life."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"John Hartford is the uncle you wish to God you had had as a kid. And he can play that fiddle, too."
‑ Widgett Walls,
More reviews for Down from the Mountain on Rotten Tomatoes