Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"irector Jim Brown tells the story well even if he refuses to address any of the singer's missteps (such as becoming infuriated when Dylan first plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival)."
‑ Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
"As the loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, makes clear, Pete Seeger is still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Joan Baez calls Pete a "saint," and Jim Brown's documentary makes a strong case for his canonization."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An amazing man and an amazing film."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Director Brown has made a career of chronicling the history of American folk music, and Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a worthy companion piece to his 1982 debut, The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time?"
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A stirring, revelatory film, which captures Seeger as the media-age Johnny Appleseed of folk."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Pete Seeger: The Power of Song could have been called Pete Seeger: The First Punk. As the film traces the singer's long life, it also, inevitably, tracks the evolution of American countercultures through much of the 20th century."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"A love letter to the singer."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Fans like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan express unvarnished awe, but it's the well-told arc of Seeger's life that makes the strongest impression, as director Jim Brown takes us from the highs to the lows and back up again."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Shallow, very officially sanctioned, and overly compressed."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"Forget the controversial politics (that's what folk music is all about), this is a fascinating story with great music, despite the tedious last 15 minutes."
‑ Tony Medley,
"You sense that Seeger may feel his greatest legacy is not what he accomplished, but what his presence gave others the courage to accomplish. Even if it was just singing along with a roomful of strangers."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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