Pearl Jam Twenty
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Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them-giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band's career. Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Crowe has assembled some top-drawer ephemera -- old show posters, home movies, and candid backstage footage -- but he overestimates his audience's patience for present-day talking-head interviews."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"In a better film, Crowe would have played journalist instead of fan boy."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Pearl Jam Twenty may not create new fans, but for existing fans, it's an exceptional musical experience."
‑ John Gholson,
"[Crowe] merely wants to capture the personalities, the songs and the shows."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"For the biggest fans, it may be the single best movie going experience you will have this year"
‑ JimmyO, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"With its intimacy and (this can't be emphasized enough) fantastic sound, Pearl Jam Twenty is like two hours spent rediscovering the band through excellent headphones."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"By the time "Pearl Jam Twenty" is over we can't help but be impressed by the kind of personal and professional integrity that has kept the band honest and allowed them to endure and prosper."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It is a huge missed opportunity on Crowe's part. In his attempt to show the best traits of a band he is obviously very enamored with, he's wound up with a pretty lackluster film."
‑ Eric Melin,
"With noticeable gaps between the telling of its first decade and its second, Pearl Jam Twenty didn't necessarily need to be a feature, but is a really lovely fan letter to a band that's worked hard for the devotion and respect it receives."
‑ Diva Velez,
"A loving, gracefully crafted retrospective that shrewdly eschews Behind the Music conventions at most turns."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"If only it was about something other than rockers almost irked they got famous."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"While the movie may not have the insight of D. A. Pennebaker's "Don't Look Back" or even Phil Joanou's U2 travelogue, "Rattle and Hum," Pearl Jam devotees will not go home musically unnourished."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Very few music documentaries in the history of the form have more successfully conveyed the inner workings and outer artistic expression of a band than Cameron Crowe's brilliant Pearl Jam Twenty."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"A great introduction to the band as well as a great recap for the fans who have been there all along the way."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Crowe, a former Rolling Stone reporter, wastes unprecedented access to one of modern rock's most private, compelling and enigmatic acts to create little more than a promotional video for Pearl Jam's non-stop tours."
‑ Joseph Rose, Oregonian
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