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  • Summary: Since their debut in the late 'sixties, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have functioned as the "town criers" of their generation. Though fondly remembered for their harmonies and love songs, the band has never lost their political edge. "CSNY: Deja Vu" finds the band heading out on theirSince their debut in the late 'sixties, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have functioned as the "town criers" of their generation. Though fondly remembered for their harmonies and love songs, the band has never lost their political edge. "CSNY: Deja Vu" finds the band heading out on their "Freedom of Speech 2006" of North America, featuring music from Neil Young's controversial "Living With War" CD. The film also examines events surrounding the Tour in the crucial election season of 2006. Songs from the Tour are woven together with archival material, news footage, and audience reaction and observations, as the film examines the issues surrounding the integration of politics and art. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    By no means a typical concert movie; the selections are played mostly in short takes and snippets. It's more a road movie with music, its war topic treated with earnest seriousness.
  2. 75
    Doesn’t break any new documentary ground, but it does exactly what it sets out to do: Preserve a live event and make it available to a broader audience.
  3. The average age of the band's members is 62. They don't even bother to disguise that fact. These men look like your grandfather, right up until the downbeat. Then the magnificence of their playing sweeps away all concepts of age. Rock on.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Making music, making fun of themselves and making as much political hay as possible, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young set out to alleviate the public allergy to Iraq War films with CSNY Deja Vu, a doc that seems quite likely to effect a cure.
  5. "I hate this stinkin' war," Neil Young announces in this chronicle of CSNY's "Freedom of Speech Tour," and the rest of the movie is just as unapologetically blunt.
  6. Reviewed by: Aidin Vaziri
    50
    The documentary seems equally divisive. Like most of Young's recent work, it's scattered and unsubtle.
  7. 25
    If Young ever converses with the gentlemen from al Qaeda, I expect his comments to be along the lines of "Please don't cut my head off."

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  1. DylanG.
    Aug 10, 2008
    8
    From Kyle Smith's review: 'Given the way the situation in Iraq has improved, though, another CSNY album could have provided a far From Kyle Smith's review: 'Given the way the situation in Iraq has improved, though, another CSNY album could have provided a far more appropriate title: "Daylight Again."' "Improved"? For whom? I'm sure the Iraqis are seeing plenty of daylight. Sheesh. Expand

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