Glastonbury (2007)

In 1970, a music aficionado and entrepreneur named Michael Eavis staged a "pop, folk, and blues" festival on a dairy farm in the English community of Glastonbury, not far from Stonehenge. 1,500 attended the "Glastonbury… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Glastonbury is formless and scattershot, and successful in capturing the festival's raw, wild energy.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

... as muddy as Yasgur's farm back in the day.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

A warm and witty, detailed look at this parallel universe.

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Victoria Segal
New Statesman

Too long, with too many shots of hands-in-the-air ravers and too much Damien Hirst, Glastonbury is still hugely evocative...

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

For all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music from Tinariwen, Bjork, David Bowie and the late, great Joe Strummer.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.

Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Slant Magazine

It's hard to pin down the intent and even the honesty of the filmmaker.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground.

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Shawn Levy

Combining images of 30 years of politics, music, self-expression and alternative living, it's a vibrant, if inevitably scattered, film that manages to tread the fine line between chronicling the festival and exploiting it.

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