Alice's Restaurant
Alice's Restaurant (1969)

This uneven film is based on Arlo Guthrie's popular song "The Massacre At Alice's Restaurant." Arlo, son of famous folksinger Woody Guthrie, wrote the almost 19-minute song after being arrested for littering when he threw… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 1969
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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TIME Magazine

[Penn] has transformed a charming shaggy-dog story into a melancholy epitaph for an entire era.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Good work in a minor key.

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TV Guide

To his credit, Penn refused to romanticize his subjects, and the film stands as a fairly accurate chronicle of the times.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Penn's genius overtakes the dropout romance, like a final post-bacchanal hangover that suggests liberation as an El Dorado dream.

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Ellen Willis
The New York Review of Books

in spite of the clowning of Arlo Guthrie [Alice's Restaurant] is one of the more depressing movies I've seen lately, so much more so than Easy Rider, because confusion and passivity are more demoralizing than violence.

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Penn's strong sympathy with the outsider and anti-Establishment stance comes across in a film that appealed to those who could identify with this communal hippie haven, but now seems too naive and distant.

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There are occasional flashes of wry humor and some rib-tickling sequences. But they are all too few.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's worth checking out for the marvelous look back at how the counterculture dropouts related to each other and to the straight older generation in the late 1960s.

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Emanuel Levy

Inspired by Guthrie's ballad, Arthur Penn's film is a summation of the anti-establishment, anti-Vietnam War generation, clinging to the ideal of a collectivist life in a Stockbridge commune.

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Spencer S.
Very much of its decade, this sixties' iconoclastic film features the best of the folk era and also re-imagines a true story about the complications of… More
Adam Mahler
Arlo does well, playing an observer, almost pure of heart; he deals with his own mortality in his father's death from Huntington's; a hippie idyll… More
Aj V
Yes it's an off beat off key kind of movie, but that's not always good. I thought this movie was pretty boring for the most part. Maybe that's… More
Lanning : )
Compare a film like <i>Hair</i> with this one, a tribute to and expansion on Arlo Guthrie's sometime anthem for America in the 1960s. For… More
Randy Tippy
One of those 'generational anthems' that's more endearing because it's a tad off key. Arlo Guthrie's semi-autobiographical homage to… More
John Ballantine
I didn't like it. I never felt any affinity for the characters nor did the story grab me. I suspect I'm not getting something.