Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Most soundtracks are compilations of the obvious... Almost Famous is the grand exception, avoiding easy choices while meticulously re-creating the feeling of being young, awkward, and in love with music in the early '70s.
  2. The soundtrack was clearly as much a labor of love as the film...
  3. An anything-but-predictable collection of songs.
  4. There's a sense of heady nostalgia here -- but one more deliberately adolescent and tender than the schlock-infested oldies radio station trends of most soundtracks of this ilk.
  5. Every track is at least fleetingly familiar, often having that feeling of the B-side that you haven't heard in years.... Still, adding a few hits wouldn't have hurt the soundtrack's shot at longevity...
  6. The real genius of Almost Famous, however, is the inclusion of the exquisite and infuriatingly overlooked Led Zeppelin ode "That's the Way," as well as David Bowie's rare (but not impossible to acquire) live cover of Lou Reed's "I'm Waiting for the Man." And herein lies Crowe's smoking gun with which he shoots himself in the foot. If these songs are worth having (and they absolutely are) and are the best that Almost Famous has to offer (ditto), so too are the entire albums from whence they come, Led Zeppelin III and Santa Monica '72.
  7. 70
    Despite its obvious classic-rock feel, what could have felt like a novelty album -- a tired K-Tel collection of long-forgotten hits -- feels like a revelation in places.
  8. It tries to capture the essence of 1973 without having any big hairy old prog hits on it. Which is a bit like trying to capture the essence of the Star Wars films by cutting out all the bits in space.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ahsanm
    May 20, 2004
    10
    the sound score totally captures the essence of the 70s music keepin in mind that the movie is being made in 2000. So for all the rock fans(a the sound score totally captures the essence of the 70s music keepin in mind that the movie is being made in 2000. So for all the rock fans(a generic term i suppose) the OST is a must buy. Plus the movie is a 4 out of 5 star so dont forgot to watch dat incase...! Full Review »
  2. JonH
    Jun 7, 2004
    7
    not as good as it should of been, but still a good listen, like the movie in many ways.
  3. ab76
    Oct 23, 2001
    5
    america was a winning choice, but why not tangerine? several songs from the film are omitted and the ost suffers. i guess if you like the america was a winning choice, but why not tangerine? several songs from the film are omitted and the ost suffers. i guess if you like the same 70s music as cameron crowe you would like this. but i found it very uneven. Full Review »