Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    A wondrous honesty.
  2. 100
    If you haven't already sold your soul to rock & roll, Almost Famous should seal the deal.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    So Almost Famous is almost fabulous. Oh, all right. The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
  4. 100
    See it and it'll stay with you as your own memories do: funny, poignant, bittersweet and irreplaceable.
  5. It's not only the most gentle and effortlessly funny movie so far this year, it's a film with a style and sensibility that wonderfully harkens back to Hollywood's golden age of sophisticated comedy, and in particular to the masterpieces of Crowe's filmmaking idol, Billy Wilder.
  6. 100
    An unqualified triumph, the year's best movie so far.
  7. 100
    A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
  8. A great movie -- and the best movie ever about the '70s rock era.
  9. I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
  10. 100
    Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    You'll treasure this movie.
  12. 100
    What Mr. Crowe has done is nonetheless remarkable. He has made a movie about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll that you would be happy to take your mother to see.
  13. 91
    One lucky guy, on a roll with rock.
  14. Crowe, staying close to his memories, has gotten it, for perhaps the first time, onto the screen.
  15. 90
    Crowe has never been better.
  16. The first relevant film about rock and roll and the music industry, the first film that lets you in on the secret.
  17. 90
    Casting is perfect all down the line.
  18. 90
    Sharply observed, bittersweet and suffused with the kind of detail that only someone who lived through the era could summon up, Crowe's script is funny, heartfelt and very cool.
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Crowe's world is an open ecosystem --transcendentally open. This movie is his boombox held aloft.
  20. 90
    Crowe has made a hugely entertaining, nearly pitch-perfect film about rock & roll.
  21. It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.
  22. Crowe has created a genuine love song for all those who've ever felt their lives to have been saved by rock & roll.
  23. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    Crowe's script is a thing of wonder, and he again proves himself to be an outstanding director of actors.
  24. More often than not the film casts an infectious, evocative spell.
  25. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
  26. Crowe gave Kate Hudson one pointer while making Almost Famous: Her character simply had to light up every room as soon as she walked into it.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A movie that is easily likable.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
  29. 80
    Panoramic yet cozy, enthusiastically glib.
  30. 80
    Like rock 'n' roll itself, the movie's really all about girls. Even when -- no, especially when -- it's pretending not to be.
  31. This is wonderful stuff, as far as it goes.
  32. This has much of the warmth and feeling for adolescence that Crowe displayed in his first feature ("Say Anything"), though the slick showboating of "Jerry Maguire" isn't entirely absent either.
  33. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Though acid is dropped, groupies are bartered like poker chips and rock-star egos flare like fireworks, what comes through is the relative innocence of that era.
  34. Crowe is so good on mood and milieu that when Elton John's bubblegum ballad "Tiny Dancer" swells on the soundtrack, in this context it sounds like a hymn.
  35. Fugit gives a starmaking performance as the teenage reporter, and Crudup and Lee are excellent as the band's lead guitarist and singer, respectively.
  36. 63
    Has the sentiment and sweetness of a good coming-of-age movie but lacks the drive and pulse that makes for a great rock and roll movie.
  37. A sweet but curiously unfulfilling story.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 282 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 84
  2. Negative: 8 out of 84
  1. CollinP
    Jan 15, 2010
    Hands down, my favorite film of the 21st Century (so far).
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    While it does contain some great moments, there aren't enough to make the three hours this film takes to finish seem less like three hours. Overrated.
  3. Jul 21, 2012
    Pure genious!There is not one flaw in this film and as a movie it is perfect and honestly ahead of it's time.If you have been there donePure genious!There is not one flaw in this film and as a movie it is perfect and honestly ahead of it's time.If you have been there done that,then it's pure mind blowing.I'm not over hyping this movie,I'm just speaking the truth.I've seen this movie easily 75 + times and every time I watch it,I feel good all over again and that's the mark of a true gem of a movie. Full Review »