No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
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Renowned director Martin Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan chronicles the career of the singer and songwriter during the tumultuous years between 1961 and 1966. Dylan allowed Scorsese to have access to hours of footage that had never before been made public, including a number of live performances, and footage of Dylan in the recording studio creating some of his landmark albums from the period. Dylan sits for an extensive interview, as does a variety of people who worked with him during this time period, including Joan Baez and fellow songwriter Pete Seeger. The film… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"As good as it gets in music documentaries."
‑ Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter
"A document that will satiate Dylan fans over repeated viewings and should bring naysayers into the Dylan fold."
‑ Phil Gallo, Variety
"A competent but fawning, focusless and utterly overlong tribute to a terribly mediocre entertainer who 'sings' like a bumblebee barfing. Bloated Boomers, feel free to be interred with a copy. Soon."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"Scorsese's superbly researched biography brings it all back home, confirming Dylan as the troubadour genius of sixties rock 'n' roll."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Makes some cracks in Dylan's mystique without trying to do any more than letting his story come out as is."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"To narrate selected details from this journey from the Iron Range to Greenwich Village to Rock Star Babylon, we get generous, attention-span respecting clips of Dylan performances and reminiscences from carefully selected talking heads."
‑ David Yaffe, Slate
"With its bravado and scope the film shames lesser docs."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Anyone with more than a superficial interest in rock music and its possibilities should either see this film or own it."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"Scorsese assembles an impressive amount of footage and interviews -- many more candid that anyone could feasibly expect."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"No Direction Home ...becomes a portal back in time, a chance to relive some of...the most exciting years in the history of politics, personality and music."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Creates a portrait that is deep, sympathetic, perceptive and yet finally leaves Dylan shrouded in mystery, which is where he properly lives."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Framed by tons of rare footage, No Direction Home penetrates the soul of one of modern music's greatest icons - at least as much as Dylan will let us."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Robert Zimmerman achieved his dream of becoming a singer, but in doing so he surrendered the ability to define himself on his own terms."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"One of the best music documentaries ever of one of the most unusual musicians ever..."
‑ Michael Szymanski, International Press Academy
"Fans will be positively enthralled at the well-preserved nuggets, and neophytes will understand the fuss over the musician and the man."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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