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  • Summary: The deeply rooted musical friendship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman is exquisitely detailed in this musical documentary, which includes live Garcia/Grisman performances as well as rare and unique personal moments from the studio, backstage and home-style jam sessions. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Quite simply a treat for the ear.
  2. Think of this movie as a glorified home video rather than a bitingly insightful documentary. But for Garcia and Grisman, this soft-shoe approach couldn't be more appropriate.
  3. For music fans, there's great pleasure in hearing new audio tracks to "Sitting Here in Limbo," "Friend of the Devil" and more songs -- each one complete and unedited.
  4. 63
    Though there are moderately interesting interviews interspersed throughout, Deadheads will want to see the numbers, in which Grisman's more formal style complements Garcia's looser approach to his music.
  5. 63
    A multilayered documentary that explores music and friendship, and in its own quiet way, the battle with fame.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    The music is fine, but there's little else here to hold the attention of non-Deadheads.
  7. 40
    With no aspects of the personalities represented outside of their music, Grateful Dawg ends up feeling dry and incomplete; its two subjects are stripped of all other characteristics and come across as not very interesting.

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