Taking Woodstock
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It's 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, The El Monaco. The bank's about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasn't paid the insurance; and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents. When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"This is very light material, and, unusually for a Lee picture, not everybody in the ensemble appears to be acting in the same universe, let alone the same story. On the other hand: It's fun."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Some colorful character turns cannot make up for the charisma void at the center that is Martin."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A ham-handed attempt to indicate the oncoming tragedy of Altamont ends the film with a touch of contrivance, but it's the only sour note in an otherwise flawless film."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Watch carefully as the film tries to ramrod too many themes, invoking split-screen technique, and see if you can identify how often self-indulgence is confused for enlightenment."
‑ Rubin Safaya, Cinemalogue.com
"Too much of Taking Woodstock seems barely sketched out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Taking Woodstock has the appeal of an inside story told from an especially good angle. But beyond that, the movie is a celebration of the way this event has gone into memory and of the meaning it has acquired."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Does a great job of recreating the time, place and people that came together to make something magical in the middle of the summer of 1969."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Amazing that Ang Lee can make such a listless movie about arguably one of the most high energy times in recent history."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Não se revela particularmente interessante ou minimamente revelador no que diz respeito à natureza de Woodstock ou do próprio protagonista."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's harmless enough as a snapshot of a young man's awakening to the grand possibilities of adult life, but not particularly effective at capturing the spirit, the thrill or even the mud of this culturally monumental event."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"It's great that Taking Woodstock doesn't trample on anything sacred, but it also never arrives anywhere interesting."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A valentine to America."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"An interesting idea, but it doesn't really have much to capitalize on outside of the authentic period reproduction."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"A minor work from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee that is enjoyable but ultimately underwhelming."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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