Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It's the most uplifting movie of a numbing year -- a feel-good film full of songs about feeling god-awful.
  2. For fans of this kind of roots music, it was an event you would have given anything to attend. Down From the Mountain lets you do that and gives you terrific seats in the bargain.
  3. The music, it goes without saying, is great.
  4. If you have any affection at all for traditional American music, the movie itself -- is pretty close to heaven.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    Musically it's often breathtaking.
  6. If the heart of the film is Hartford, who late in his struggle with cancer conveys the luminous colors of a man at his twilight, its soul is Welch.
  7. Good music stands alone, and the documentary is jaunty fun.
  8. A delightful concert documentary that proves once more what a neglected masterpiece the Coen Brothers gave us last year in their Depression chain-gang odyssey, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
  9. Bluegrass fans should have few complaints about this stellar concert film.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Before the music takes over, the film inserts a few bits of charm, such as Emmylou Harris excitedly following the latest Major League Baseball scores.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Margasak
    Old-time music aficionado John Hartford is on hand to hold it all together, and in fact his presence is the most gripping element of this disappointingly flat production.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Aquilante
    If bluegrass were as static and dull as this concert film indicates, Nashville would have hustled all the hillbillies back to the Smokies long ago.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. DougM.
    Jul 10, 2006
    I hadn't seen O Brother, and I wasn't a huge Bluegrass fan, and then I saw this concert movie (filmed **before** O Brother was I hadn't seen O Brother, and I wasn't a huge Bluegrass fan, and then I saw this concert movie (filmed **before** O Brother was released!) , and was converted for life. Some viewers will find it flat; others will have their socks knocked off. Full Review »