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Western Stars Reviews

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October 24, 2019
For Springsteen diehards - I'm raising my hand now - this is not the rich visual expansion of a very good album that its author hoped to make.
October 20, 2019
Not misguided. It's just dull and self-serious. But if you're Bruce Springsteen, nobody around you's going to point that out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2019
It's basically a concert flick, with some extras. And those extras are not the best things in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2020
Western Stars is deeply invested in The Myth of Bruce Springsteen, as though he's invited the audience into his barn, but not into his heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 1, 2019
A captivating musical experience brought to the screen that expresses both the nature of Bruce Springsteen and the meaning behind his album Western Stars.
October 27, 2019
Even if you're not taken by Springsteen's music, it's still a richly made concert movie and there is an authenticity in it that's compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 / 5
October 31, 2019
The overly scripted interludes clash with the authenticity of the show, which is plenty strong on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2019
In a year full of nostalgic Baby Boomer music docs, it's a joy to watch a legend like Bruce Springsteen reinvent himself.
December 12, 2019
Shot at [Bruce's] barn in New Jersey among friends and family, the setting is so intimate it feels you received your very own invitation.
December 24, 2019
Bruce Springsteen is THE BOSS, but this Western Stars documentary makes him a legend.
September 12, 2019
An immensely satisfying concert film that makes for a profound companion piece to Springsteen on Broadway, as well as The Boss' memoir. Bruce fans are in for a treat!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2019
Even if you're not a diehard Springsteen fan, it's hard to resist the country-tinged songs and ballads behind the 83-minute performance film. Pure magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 20, 2019
His speaking voice may show his 70 years, but Bruce's singing only seems richer and more inviting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
October 28, 2019
The songs fit snugly in the Springsteen canon, as they're populated with the gristle of American life.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 26, 2019
Having just turned 70 last month, it's not surprising that a man so gifted with words might have a few thoughts on growing older.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 31, 2019
It defies the parameters of cinema to create a transfixing work of exceptional elegance.
October 23, 2019
Given that being a proper rock star is all about acting, Bruce Springsteen hams it up something rotten in this beautifully-constructed monument to myth-making by director and long-time Boss collaborator Thom Zimny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 12, 2019
Western Stars isn't going to break the music documentary mold, and there are some interstitial segments that are honestly downright cheesy, but if you're a Springsteen fan, you should find plenty to love about it.
September 14, 2019
"Western Stars" is a celebration of this music and its expansive, engrossing storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 28, 2019
The Boss, older and wiser, remains one of our most perceptive, curious, and eclectic chroniclers of the American experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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