Neil Young Trunk Show

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The movie’s not all glorious noise.
  2. 70
    It’s a marvelous document of a still vital musician whose unbending indifference to pop fashion has proven him more creatively durable than any other figure from the golden ’60s moment that gave birth to his career.
  3. 90
    The music sounds terrific, with Young's wizened expression and rheumy eyes belied by the storming intensity of his performances. Demme has said, "If you're not a Neil Young fan, don't waste your time," and that's really all you need to know.
  4. 80
    It's not always pretty, but Neil Young Trunk Show is very much rock 'n' roll.
  5. If he has overlooked your favorites, have faith: There’s plenty left in the trunk for that promised encore.
  6. If you're a fan of the indomitable Canadian rocker - high-pitched voice, proto-grunge guitar, total immersion in the music - then you want to see Neil Young Trunk Show on the big screen, for sure.
  7. 67
    Apparently it’s the second film of a trilogy Demme intends on Young -- and the middles are always the hardest parts to get right, yeah?
  8. Captures an artist who has decided not to burn out, but to fade away with dignity.
  9. For better or worse, this is a straightforward performance film.
  10. 75
    Demme’s excitement for Young and his music is evident throughout, and the songs fit comfortably in the unvarnished setting.
  11. An impressionistic work that is perfectly in tune with its subject’s hallucinatory music.
  12. While Demme's latest doc might not fully express the sublime arc of Young's career, it's another worthy contribution to the artist's lifelong body of work.
  13. 90
    As concert documentaries go, both “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” (2006) and the new Neil Young Trunk Show are luxury goods.
  14. 100
    This is Young in his playroom, grabbing his toys at random while indulging his every antimelodic whim, and Demme’s off-the-cuff approach makes for the perfect aesthetic complement.
  15. 90
    Removing even stage banter, the focus is entirely on performance, save for a few "candid backstage" bits--Young getting a cracked nail filed down, etc. Devotees will thrill to rarities like "Kansas" and "Mexico."
  16. 75
    May not achieve the transcendent heights of "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," but it has its own pleasures.

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