Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. 38
    An apocalyptic Bob Dylan song made cinematic, with all the vision and poetry dissipating in the transfer. It's as if the filmmakers listened to "Desolation Row" just one time too many.
  2. 30
    After a zippy first hour, the wackos wear out their welcome and the director, perversely, fails to show the big concert.
  3. The look of the film is great, the soundtrack glorious, but more often than not the dialogue is atrocious, featuring a lot of long-winded gobbledygook.
  4. An unholy, incoherent mess.
  5. Simply painful to watch as the doomed vehicle it's trapped in comes whistling toward a fiery crash landing.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    The exact cinematic equivalent of a classic Bob Dylan song. It's also proof that what is towering genius in one medium can go insanely wrong in another.
  7. There are people who find treasures in celebrities' garbage cans so it's a reasonable gamble they might want to buy tickets to watch their throwaway home-movie projects as well.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Lynch
    20
    A nearly complete and total disaster.
  9. 20
    Dylan's performance doesn't offer any clues. He's an icon and he delivers an icon's performance, literally: He could easily have been replaced by piece of wood with his face painted on it. That distance also means he remains more or less untouched by the embarrassment going on around him, even though it's largely his own creation.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Evinces no interest in such niceties as credible dialogue, character motivation or forward momentum.
  11. 12
    A vanity production beyond all reason. I am not sure, however, than the vanity is Dylan's. I don't have any idea what to think about him.
  12. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Any movie featuring a quote in its ad from the poet laureate of Great Britain—“Deeply engaging!” -- is in trouble.
  13. 0
    An incomprehensible Bob Dylan vanity project that is not only nearly impossible to sit through, but embarrasses a long list of stars who lined up to work for scale opposite the legendary musician.

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