Neil Young: Heart of Gold
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In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album Harvest with Prairie Wind, a set of ten songs which look to America's past and future accompanied by sweet but rough-hewn country-rock. The album was written and recorded after Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and shortly before he went into the hospital for surgery for the condition, Young played a pair of special concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed the Prairie Wind album in full along with a set of old favorites.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...Even those who haven't followed Young's every recent move could well find his performance here surprisingly captivating."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"This Prairie Wind concert is one long sweet twang of wistful not-quite-regret."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Shows the famed songwriter's performance and work off with reverance, and a faithfullness to the live experience."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Young's presence, his heartfelt delivery, and the audience's fore-knowledge of his brain aneurysm add enough weight to make the film a surprisingly emotional experience"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The best moments in the film are when Ellen Kuras's camera just sits there taking in the whole stage, the whole gorgeous ecosystem."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"When it comes to pop-music icons, Neil Young is the full package."
‑ Larry Rodgers, Arizona Republic
"Proves it's better to burn out, than to fade away."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"The result is simply spellbinding."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A potent brew of humanity, empathy, and dignity."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It doesn't penetrate his craggy mystique, or make us hear his music in a new way. Instead, it's the same old choir song."
‑ Evelyn McDonnell, Miami Herald
"Some defiant rockers are forever young. This one is in name only."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Pleasant, but hardly pulse-quickening stuff."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
"...Neil Young has experimented with film many times, but this is by far the most accessible cinematic treatment of his music; a troubadour at the top of his game."
‑ Matt McNally, BBC
"Regardless of what you call it, Heart of Gold is a revelation and one of 2006's best movies."
‑ Pete Croatto,
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