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

NPR

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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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TAKING WOODSTOCK - A HAPPY TRIP! Rating: 88 out of 100. (Based on advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Thursday 8/27 - TW is a 1hr 50min beautifully-crafted period movie - directed by Ang Lee who gave us 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'Brokeback Mountain'. Ang Lee is a master at infusing his...

Huleskid

By LedZep2790
okay first off mr. huleskid if you are going to rip on a movie based on one of the best festivals of all time, and talk about it like you are the woodstock king, make sure you know how to spell Jimi...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
Funny, but no real edge...

Very Disappointing

By dnhgry
I was really looking forward to seeing this film and expected a satirical look at Woodstock, but this movie turned out to be a complete dud. I gave it a "NO" rating only because I had considered...

Proof beyond reasonable doubt that Fandango reviews are manipulated by those with financial interest

By tom3000
This is a movie about Woodstock that does not actually show the concert and that fact is not made clear going in. So no rational reviewer could give this movie any more than a so-so rating. But just...

Fantasy meets Reality

By the_papa-bear
More pluses than minuses; well cast, fun movie, idealizes the whole "Woodstock" thing through the key character - but in an appealing way, also exploring the hard-nosed business side of the event....

Need NO Reminder of the '60's Hippie Drug Culture

By Winston_on_Truth
Apparently movie producers and directors have lost their creative ability for making new movies. Either they remake old movies or come up with CRAP like this reminder of the 1960's hippie drug...

Woodstock flavored tangerine

By ninaalonso
The film has the tangerine druggie flavor of the 60's and a lead character whose rather "uptight" nature opens up with exposure to a slew of hippie folk in a three day free for all. It's extreme and...

Rather Disappointing

By jasminett
I enjoyed the story behind Woodstock, but I expected the movie to more relive the event. My biggest complaint: He hardly played any music from the time. I expected it to be full of good music and...

Taking Woodstock

By mousie8474
I liked this movie. It depicted the sweetness of that time and gave some great historical insight. LOVED Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy and the parents. The Woodstock music was great...could have...

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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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