Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.
  2. 80
    Like rock 'n' roll itself, the movie's really all about girls. Even when -- no, especially when -- it's pretending not to be.
  3. A great movie -- and the best movie ever about the '70s rock era.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A movie that is easily likable.
  5. 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.
  6. Fugit gives a starmaking performance as the teenage reporter, and Crudup and Lee are excellent as the band's lead guitarist and singer, respectively.
  7. A sweet but curiously unfulfilling story.
  8. 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.
  9. Crowe has created a genuine love song for all those who've ever felt their lives to have been saved by rock & roll.
  10. 90
    Casting is perfect all down the line.
  11. 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.
  12. Crowe, staying close to his memories, has gotten it, for perhaps the first time, onto the screen.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    100
    A wondrous honesty.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    100
    You'll treasure this movie.
  15. 100
    See it and it'll stay with you as your own memories do: funny, poignant, bittersweet and irreplaceable.
  16. 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.
  17. 90
    Crowe has made a hugely entertaining, nearly pitch-perfect film about rock & roll.
  18. The first relevant film about rock and roll and the music industry, the first film that lets you in on the secret.
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Crowe's world is an open ecosystem --transcendentally open. This movie is his boombox held aloft.
  20. It takes the rock movie into regions it has never been before.
  21. 80
    Panoramic yet cozy, enthusiastically glib.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    More gentle and modestly insightful than it is exhilarating or revelatory.
  23. This is wonderful stuff, as far as it goes.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    88
    Crowe's script is a thing of wonder, and he again proves himself to be an outstanding director of actors.
  26. I loved this movie madly, and so will many of you.
  27. 100
    A rich, marvelous movie -- the kind that enchants on so many different levels, it leaves you feeling giddy.
  28. 100
    An unqualified triumph, the year's best movie so far.
  29. More often than not the film casts an infectious, evocative spell.
  30. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    Hollywood filmmaking at its best, brimming over with feeling, texture, spirit, and several kinds of keenness that transmute experience into big pop myth.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 91
    One lucky guy, on a roll with rock.
  34. 100
    If you haven't already sold your soul to rock & roll, Almost Famous should seal the deal.
  35. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    So Almost Famous is almost fabulous. Oh, all right. The movie's so clever and endearing, you can forget the almost.
  36. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    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.
  37. 90
    Crowe has never been better.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 77
  2. Negative: 8 out of 77
  1. Dec 3, 2010
    10
    I love the story, the acting and the music. These elements create a lot of raw emotion. Great blend of comedy and drama. This is a masterpiece that should stand the test of time. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2013
    8
    Crowe should get rewarded for Almost Famous, as it has wit, charm and feel-good overtones. The message and themes shine bright, and every character is there for a reason. Some scenes drag a little bit too long and are overplayed a little bit, which is the sole reason for my 8 and not 10 rating. But, still overall a great film and I definitely recommend it. I especially liked Eric Stonestreet as Sheldon the desk clerk, after seeing him in ModFam. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2013
    8
    Aspiring music William Miller lands the assignment of his dreams when given the chance to go on the road with rock-band Stillwater. Initially full of enthusiasm the reality will change his life forever.

    Based on director Cameron Crowe's real life experience as a teenage music writer the movie doesn't get wrapped up in trying to have a message and just concentrates on giving an insight into a world that most of us never see. Throughout the movie there are a number of genuinely funny and memorable scenes which alongside a great soundtrack makes for a convincing and entertaining movie.
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