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85

Metascore

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100
Film Threat
Rich with wonderful music and images.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Festival Express should rightfully take its place in rock history as one of the great performance films of all time.
100
Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan.
100
Variety
An instant ancillary classic for music fan.
100
Village Voice
Ultimate geezerfest and rock-doc holy grail.
90
The A.V. Club
The sociological angle of Festival Express is a narrow one--perhaps too narrow--and doesn't overwhelm the film's real selling point, which is some of the best-looking and best-sounding footage of counterculture icons ever screened.
90
The New York Times
To watch the biggest stars of their time in casual conversation, trading riffs and passing bottles, without benefit of publicists, handlers and security goons is to relive an innocent, anarchic time in the entertainment business when music, not marketing, was at the center of the enterprise.
80
L.A. Weekly
To watch Joplin, Rick Danko, Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart, all massively wasted, giggling and jamming, is a delight tempered by the knowledge that Joplin would be dead just months later, with the rest but one following after.
75
Full of bright colors, offbeat people, tuneful sounds.
60
The result is a vivid record of live acts whose rough-edged immediacy is an integral part of their appeal.

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