The Ballad of Greenwich Village
The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005)

THE BALLAD OF GREENWICH VILLAGE is a 70 minute documentary that tells the story of the artists, rebels, and bohemians who came to New York's Greenwich Village over many decades, and changed the face of American culture through their art… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

You'd think a place renowned for its avant-gardism and its radical chic would receive a less by-the-numbers treatment.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Some revealing historical facts are scattered through Karen Kramer's documentary about Greenwich Village. Most of the film, however, is devoted to sound bites from celebrities who used to live or hang out there.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Those most interested in seeing it -- New Yorkers themselves -- will probably be left wanting a bit more.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Director Karen Kramer, whose labor of love this clearly is, has assembled some remarkable footage.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

[A] sometimes entertaining and illuminating, but more often superficial, labor of love.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

If you've ever harbored a secret wish to jump on one of those Big Apple buses or join a local walking tour, you'll find what you're looking for here.

Jan Stuart

The Ballad of Greenwich Village is a safe movie about a renegade place.