Greetings From Tim Buckley
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Greetings from Tim Buckley
In 1991, a young musician named Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley, "Gossip Girl," MARGIN CALL) rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute concert for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff finds solace in a relationship with an enigmatic young woman (Imogen Poots, 28 WEEKS LATER) working at the show. As they explore New York City, their adventures recall glimpses of Tim's (Ben Rosenfield) own 60s heyday, as he drives cross-country with a girlfriend and finds himself on the verge of stardom. Leading up to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Penn Badgley delivers a pivotal performance as the younger Buckley, coming off with just enough pretentiousness and attitude."
‑ Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The concert may have seen the reluctant birth of a second-generation rock star, but this movie, if nothing else, is a similarly suitable showcase for its own leading man."
‑ William Goss,
"Full of songs from both Buckleys, the film, directed by Daniel Algrant, underplays the daddy-issue cliches while also staying away from a typical biopic structure- after all, it ends before Jeff Buckley even got famous."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"an admittedly slight but resonant and lingering look at two truly singular talents - their flaws presented alongside their musical gifts - who were haunted by the presence of each other throughout their careers."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"The movie struggles to find its footing, lacking the dramatic tension to make it of much interest beyond the fan base of the supremely talented, tragically fated Buckleys."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Algrant's desire to reunite father and son through music is admirable, but "Greetings from Tim Buckley" is too meandering and ethereal to have any lasting impact."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"In paying homage to two iconic performers, he's given a former small-screen star the chance to announce his own cinematic arrival."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's a quiet movie of small rewards, made by a whole lot of talented people taking a risk and pulling it off with humble aplomb."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"It's a fittingly understated turn [from Badgley], complemented by on-stage performances of Tim Buckley's music that feels - and sounds - like real emotional catharsis. No small feat."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Greetings From Tim Buckley is a beautiful, touching, electrically charged success, capturing the essence of these two adored musicians with a synergistic magic that, unbelievably, does them both justice."
‑ Cammila Collar, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Badgley does a credible take on the signature falsetto that Jeff would later bring to his only album, Grace ..."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Badgley delivers a nuanced performance of such ferocity he almost singlehandedly makes a conventional film seem loose and improvisatory."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"The atmosphere of Algrant's film is detached, as though filmed underwater, which is fitting for Buckley's mood."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"While the film seems like a tribute itself it doesn't have significant commercial appeal but it may appeal to the fans"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Music-filled drama amounts to several promises unfulfilled except for some solid performances and a terrific soundtrack of Buckley songs, both actual and skillfully recreated."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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