Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring numerous 60s-era clichés, but little of the musical magic that highlighted the famous festival, Taking Woodstock is a breezy but underwhelming portrayal.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

This may be a minor movie, but it displays the hallmarks of a major talent.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Simon Miraudo

At no point did I feel like I was at Woodstock and surely that was the whole point.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Too much of Taking Woodstock seems barely sketched out.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Michael Dequina

Some colorful character turns cannot make up for the charisma void at the center that is Martin.

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Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

It's great that Taking Woodstock doesn't trample on anything sacred, but it also never arrives anywhere interesting.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Lee's film manages to capture the groovy vibe of the famous festival, although it doesn't quite develop the protagonist very well and isn't that… More
Mark Walker
I'm starting to lose count on the amount of times director Ang Lee has tackled a new genre. He's done martial arts; comic-book; thriller; romance;… More
Lucas Martins
Taking Woodstock start interesting, but went the film begings to show the festival, Woodstock stay disagreeably sweet and presents a not so good screenplay,… More
Chris Weber
I'll be honest, any movie involving the culture, arts, and music of the 60s is something I'm interested in. Shockingly enough, I've never… More
Alex roy
Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock is based on the true story of Elliot Teichberg, one of the organizers of the Woodstock festival. Considering the legendary… More
Megan S
I think this was an enjoyable movie but I don't think I'd watch it again. It was really long and I was getting a little over it by the end.

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