Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    100
    Festival Express should rightfully take its place in rock history as one of the great performance films of all time.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    100
    Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan.
  3. 100
    The real attraction is watching all these guys and gals on the train, so young, so dedicated to their music, so unconcerned about almost everything else.
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Rich with wonderful music and images.
  5. 100
    Ultimate geezerfest and rock-doc holy grail.
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    100
    An instant ancillary classic for music fan.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    100
    Most of Festival Express resonates with the power and passion, even the innocence, of the era.
  8. 90
    The sociological angle of Festival Express is a narrow one--perhaps too narrow--and doesn't overwhelm the film's real selling point, which is some of the best-looking and best-sounding footage of counterculture icons ever screened.
  9. 90
    To watch the biggest stars of their time in casual conversation, trading riffs and passing bottles, without benefit of publicists, handlers and security goons is to relive an innocent, anarchic time in the entertainment business when music, not marketing, was at the center of the enterprise.
  10. 90
    A delirious piece of pop ephemera.
  11. It was the greatest rock & roll party you never heard of.
  12. The results are spine-tingling. There's only one thing to say about this movie and its rescuers, recovered from the dead--and the Dead: Rock on.
  13. A raucous, riveting account of the greatest party you were never invited to.
  14. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    83
    Slight on personality but long on music; Janis Joplin elevates it to near-great concert-film status.

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