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  • Summary: In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore. In Los Angeles, the emerging center of the American music scene, young songwriters come together to express, to inspire, to complete, to love. That scene largely revolved around an old beatnik club withIn the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore. In Los Angeles, the emerging center of the American music scene, young songwriters come together to express, to inspire, to complete, to love. That scene largely revolved around an old beatnik club with capacity of a few hundred people, The Troubadour. The seed idea for this film, came out of a series of landmark reunion concerts James Taylor and Carole King played at the Troubadour in 2007, to mark the club’s 50th anniversary. (Tremolo Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 3, 2011
    70
    For with songs like "You Can Close Your Eyes," "You've Got a Friend" and numerous others on the soundtrack, this is finally a film hard not to enjoy.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 1, 2011
    70
    The enjoyable, lightweight Troubadours is a musical scrapbook that throws together a bit of this and a bit of that.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    The film is entertaining but hardly penetrating.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    Director Morgan Neville does an adequate job in retracing the explosion of singer-songwriter talent out of West Hollywood's legendary Troubadour club, but makes a bad choice by starting now, not then.
  5. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Feb 5, 2011
    60
    An amiable endeavor, if something of a puff piece.
  6. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Feb 24, 2011
    58
    It's woeful as a documentary history -- a real missed opportunity.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 1, 2011
    40
    It's such a haphazard, absent-minded history lesson that you'd think the filmmakers had ingested some of the era's pharmaceuticals before concocting this tribute.

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