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  • Summary: In 1991, a young musician named Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute show for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff finds solace in a relationship with an enigmatic young woman working atIn 1991, a young musician named Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute show for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff finds solace in a relationship with an enigmatic young woman working at the show. As they explore New York City, their adventures recall glimpses of Tim’s 1960s heyday, as he drives cross-country with a girlfriend and finds himself on the verge of stardom. Leading up to the now-legendary show that launched Jeff’s own brilliant career, Greetings from Tim Buckley is a poignant portrait of a father and son who were each among the most beloved singer/songwriters of their respective generations. [Tribeca Film] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 1, 2013
    91
    Penn Badgley saunters around with an air of spooky self-possession, and he does a dead-on impersonation of Buckley's high-vibrato wail.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 1, 2013
    75
    Algrant’s film — which he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel — is really about Tim Buckley’s son, Jeff, an equally adventurous rocker whose fame ultimately eclipsed his father’s, though he too died young.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 2, 2013
    75
    Badgley, best known for playing "lonely boy" Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl, is a revelation. He wears his role like a second skin.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Apr 30, 2013
    60
    The film articulates this dimension of the story, regrettably, in little more than biopic platitudes and daddy-issue clichés...But it's not all bad. Badgley delivers a nuanced performance of such ferocity he almost singlehandedly makes a conventional film seem loose and improvisatory.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 2, 2013
    58
    There is no doubt that Greetings From Tim Buckley is respectful, and thanks to Badgley and Rosenfield, does justice to both singers. But the film never quite connects father and son as each sharing the common bond of extraordinary talent or even similar personal woes.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 2, 2013
    50
    It’s sweet, sentimental, almost inevitably touching if not especially persuasive, brushing against the thorns in each man’s life without drawing blood.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    May 2, 2013
    20
    For all the star’s efforts, the movie itself ends up little more than an exploitation item, a sad place-holder until the real thing comes along.

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