Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    It's an intimate performance portrait.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 29, 2012
    75
    Journeys, shot on the last two nights of Young's 2011 solo world tour, is essential Neil Young.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 29, 2012
    91
    A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 29, 2012
    90
    Mr. Young's passionate cracked whine assumes an oracular power.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 12, 2012
    63
    Neil Young Journeys is easily the least of the three documentaries director Jonathan Demme has made with the legendary rocker; but in its shaggy, eccentric way, it may be the truest.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 29, 2012
    88
    It certainly stays alive in this spare and intriguing film directed by Jonathan Demme, who has helmed two previous Young concert films.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    With its one-of-a-kind poetic lamentation, Young's voice sounds more peculiarly lovely than ever. A small picture, but good and true.
  8. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 19, 2012
    67
    Neil Young Journeys is the third documentary/concert film focusing on the great Canadian songwriter that director Jonathan Demme has made since 2006, and it's the weakest of the three, even as it sporadically charms.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 26, 2012
    80
    Young is one of only a handful of artists from his generation still making vital contributions, or even trying to. Some of his efforts are hit-and-miss, but he's still in there swinging. He never stops moving, changing, evolving, and it makes him fascinating.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 29, 2012
    100
    This time around, the director documents a 2011 Young solo show in Toronto (the musician's birthplace), but in an intentionally fractured way.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jul 5, 2012
    75
    Half of one song is performed with a speck of saliva on the camera. More casual fans will twist in their chairs uncomfortably, wishing that a roadie would walk up and wipe it off. Neil Young die-hards will cherish the spittle.
  12. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jun 29, 2012
    75
    The audience is never seen and only faintly heard. This puts a lot of visual pressure on a very inward performer. Young is a beast onstage, to be sure - he seems to re-grow an appendix for each song.
  13. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 29, 2012
    91
    The heart of any concert movie is the concert itself, and in the case of Neil Young Journeys, it's a great one.
  14. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Jul 13, 2012
    75
    Over all, Neil Young Journeys is a pretty solemn affair, kinda like the man himself.
  15. Reviewed by: Dan Deluca
    Jul 26, 2012
    75
    I'd say the movie does a fine job of completing the trilogy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Demme and Young have more in them yet.
  16. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Jun 29, 2012
    80
    Teaming with the Canadian legend again, Demme and five other camera operators expertly capture an intense, pared-down 2011 solo show at Toronto's Massey Hall in the absorbing new Neil Young Journeys.
  17. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    Jun 29, 2012
    80
    Of course, the music is the thing and the sounds here earn Demme's reverence.
  18. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Jun 29, 2012
    75
    As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it's not as transportive as this filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 17, 2014
    1
    Neil Young as Norma Desmond ?? How does it go…..“…..all you wonderful people out there in the dark”….and ......“mercifully the fantasy nowNeil Young as Norma Desmond ?? How does it go…..“…..all you wonderful people out there in the dark”….and ......“mercifully the fantasy now engulfed her”….. Megalomania seems to have taken over a terrific musician and song writer who now appears more inclined to guru-hood and a “fire walk with me” attitude. Also definitely lose the hat Neil !! Full Review »
  2. Aug 7, 2012
    5
    One of the worst movies ever. 20 minutes of Neil's chin hair with spit on the camera lens. Buy the soundtrack. Great confidence booster forOne of the worst movies ever. 20 minutes of Neil's chin hair with spit on the camera lens. Buy the soundtrack. Great confidence booster for student film makers. Full Review »