• Released
  • August 28, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
    Music/Performing Arts
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Taking Woodstock Synopsis
Motel manager Elliot Tiber plays a pivotal role in getting the historic concert off the ground.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be there - to actually be there, man - this movie gets it.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Lee distills the flavor of this transforming event and hints at how it transformed some who were there. His movie is a contact high.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's a low-wattage film about a high-wattage event. Which is somewhat disappointing, though you do get a thoughtful, playful, often amusing...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lee captures the fractious, joyful, monstrously evolving mass it all was.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is as safe and sweet a movie as you could make about America’s sex-drugs-and-rock ’n’ roll-est event.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film's major sin of omission: the music.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is Woodstock from another perspective -- one without Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Something of a traffic jam--even with his usual restraint, Lee couldn't recount a key moment of the '60s without a blurry parade of...
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50

Wall Street Journal

The gentle, ambling Ang Lee comedy that's a few tokes short of groovy.
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50

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Taking Woodstock has a winning generosity of spirit, but even that serves chiefly to underline the film's curious inconsequentiality, as if...
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Rated R | For graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Dramedy revisits famous festival, complete with drugs, sex.
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