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Western Stars Reviews

October 29, 2019
It's the cutaways between songs that stitch it all together with an emotional thread that charts its subject's struggles over the decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2019
A lovely companion piece to the latest album from the legendary musician.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2019
Throughout, Springsteen proves prophet and poet, a rhinestone cowboy still barreling down the highway of life. "Western Stars" is yet another exit on his epic journey.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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 24, 2019
Now he's taken the reins as a movie director for a visual companion to his recently released, same-named album... that in its intimacy and honesty plays as if this is the way these songs were always meant to be enjoyed.
October 24, 2019
"Western Stars," Bruce Springsteen's best album in years, makes for an enchanting movie that looks bravely ahead at the open road while casting a longing glance in the rear-view mirror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2019
The energy here is controlled, the mood reflective. These character-driven songs are populated by the washed-up and the run-down - an aging actor, a hitchhiker - and the shared themes are remembrance and regret.
October 24, 2019
I have to admit to not being 100% sold on the cowboy-inflected songs, which feature quite a bit of dime-store sentimentality. But Springsteen is undoubtedly magnetic, his voice a honeyed growl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2019
It is, clearly, a valentine for hardcore "Bruuuuuce" fans, but one that does an effective job of both showcasing the material and connecting the songs in a thematic way.
October 23, 2019
As a substitution for the tour that never was, this concert film within a documentary does a brilliant job of bringing "Western Stars" to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2019
It's lovely film to look at, Springsteen confronting his past and demons in the prettiest, gently tuneful barn-and-big-sky way imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 15, 2019
It is a beautiful film, undercut only by the conspicuous nature of Springsteen's coal-black hair (he's 70 years old, for god sake!) and his apparent penchant for bright orange make-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2019
It's a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen's life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career.
September 13, 2019
Both an intimate exploration of Springsteen's latest album of the same name and a deeper dive into his most pervasive compulsions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 12, 2019
The result, at once intimate and sweeping, should please both Springsteen completists and more recent fans when Western Stars rides into theaters October 25 - ideally those with sound systems worthy of the lush orchestral arrangements.