Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Twenty (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Cameron Crowe's fawning documentary is a true boon for Pearl Jam fans, but the band's insistent resistance to fame comes off hollow.

Dana Stevens

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

In a better film, Crowe would have played journalist instead of fan boy.

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John Gholson

Pearl Jam Twenty may not create new fans, but for existing fans, it's an exceptional musical experience.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

If only it was about something other than rockers almost irked they got famous.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

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.

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Brian Tallerico

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Pearl Jam cemented themselves as being one of the best, most influential, and tightest bands over the past two decades plus, and this documentary, going by… More
Dan Schultz
A nice, well-paced, nostalgic filled blast chronicling the rise of one of the most influential and powerful rock bands in the history of music. Having a shrewd… More
Daniel Perry
From a confirmed PJ fanboy comes a film that's surprisingly watchable to the casual Pearl Jam appreciater (i.e., me). Most surprising, perhaps, were the… More
Cameron Johnson
I don't know where Cam Crowe has been the last six years, and quite frankly, I don't want to know, because somewhere along the way, he succumb to… More
Reid Volk
Loved the footage and the interviews. However, it glossed over some details that I think Crowe assumed that the viewer should have already known. Also, it was… More
Jason Reneau
You had me at Cameron Crowe! I don't think that there could have ever been a better combination of filmmaker and band for a documentary. Loved every… More