Neil Young Trunk Show
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Jonathan Demme gives us some Neil Young musical and spiritual soul. Young on a stage full of personal icons: alone in the center of a circle of his beloved acoustic guitars; in the midst of stellar musicians Ben Keith, Ralph Molina, Rick Rosas, Pegi Young and Anthony "Sweet Pea" Crawford, plus an onstage painter portrayed by Eric Johnson. There are delicately offered acoustic numbers like "Sad Movies" and "Mexico"; mesmerizing electric travelogues into the artist's psyche ("No Hidden Path"); searing, chaotic anthems including "Like a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Demme beautifully captures the show's casual intimacy."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The mix of grainy film and pixel-sharp tape, plus some innovative editing that includes multiple split screens, adds brilliant textures to the piece."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"You forget you're watching a movie and instead feel like you've got the best seat in the house."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Neil Young Trunk Show is 82 minutes long, 81 of which are guitar solos."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Young plays a loose, enthusiastic set that is exuberant for its range and energy. Reeks with the authenticity of a hard-working, grown-up music star who does it his way."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film. I feel it's for the worse."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A legendary musician keeps on rocking in this enjoyable slice of live performance."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"The nitpicky reservations I have of Jonathan Demme's unadorned (some would call it lazy) concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show, do not offset my full-out recommendation that Young fans run right out and see it."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Apparently it's the second film of a trilogy Demme intends on Young -- and the middles are always the hardest parts to get right, yeah?"
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Sensationally entertaining...Demme captures [Neil] Young's pure, unadulterated passion and love for music in a way that no words can truly [describe]."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Like all true filmmakers, Demme also has an eye for telling details."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Looks and sounds like several million bucks."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Do we really need two Neil Young concert films? By the same director, no less? In three short years? The answer given by Neil Young Trunk Show is emphatically yes."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"A marvelous document of a still vital musician whose unbending indifference to pop fashion has proven him more creatively durable than any other figure from the golden '60s moment that gave birth to his career."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"An astonishing portrait of one unique and gifted artist working at the peak of his powers presented by another that deserves a place on the short list of the great concert movies."
‑ Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com
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