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Its something that comes with age, and while Bruce looks nowhere near his age of 70, theres an experience that comes through in his tone thats mesmeri ..
At age 70, Springsteen forgoes his more typical, invigorating concert experience for an intimate, reflective live show; its achingly beautiful, tender ..
Common Sense Media
Both an intimate exploration of Springsteens latest album of the same name and a deeper dive into his most pervasive compulsions.
Even non Bruce fans wont feel Boss tracised by this intimate showcase of the man and his music.
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 undou ..
Its basically a concert flick, with some extras. And those extras are not the best things in it.
Toronto International Film Festival (Gala Presentations) Distributor: Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter
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 hit ..
The New York Times
While it may lack the go for broke bombast that made Springsteen a rock legend in the first place, it has a quiet but undeniable power to it that cann ..
E Film Critic
Now hes taken the reins as a movie director for a visual companion to his recently released, same named album... that in its intimacy and honesty play ..
Western Stars is not only a concert film presenting 13 Springsteen bangers, plus one great cover. Showcasing his charisma, wit, thoughtfulness and vul ..
Its lovely film to look at, Springsteen confronting his past and demons in the prettiest, gently tuneful barn and big sky way imaginable.
The Globe And Mail
Not misguided. Its just dull and self serious. But if youre Bruce Springsteen, nobody around yous going to point that out.
Rogers Movie Nation
Western Stars rarely comes off as a been there done that concert movie...
Reel Film Reviews
I blubbed quietly throughout the entire movie. Although that could have been the sleep deprivation.
Each song is performed live in the film, and each song is set up with a short video narrated by Springsteen explaining the inspiration for each song. ..
The performance footage is mesmerising, as Springsteen articulates the intimacy of lyrics imbued with themes of a mythic West, despite sharing the sta ..
Its a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteens life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this lates ..
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.
Its the collective half hour of interstitial material thats more suspect.
Western Stars, Bruce Springsteens best album in years, makes for an enchanting movie that looks bravely ahead at the open road while casting a longing ..
Western Stars: Conclusion Western Stars isnt going to break the music documentary mold, and there are some interstitial segments that are honestly dow ..
When it comes to the performances themselves, theyre as good as it gets.
Meant to replace a traditional tour, Springsteen creates an evocative portrait of the American West.
The Film Stage
Before hes done, Springsteen wants us to know that hes very much human.
Throughout, Springsteen proves prophet and poet, a rhinestone cowboy still barreling down the highway of life. Western Stars is yet another exit on hi ..
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 i ..
There are plenty of great documentaries about great musicians. Not many have the soul of this one, nor the revelations of the artists mind.
It doesnt hurt that the album, a masterful blend of cowboy lore, folk yearning, and indispensably vast American landscapes, is a late era classic that ..
The Play List
Given that being a proper rock star is all about acting, Bruce Springsteen hams it up something rotten in this beautifully constructed monument to myt ..
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Having just turned 70 last month, its not surprising that a man so gifted with words might have a few thoughts on growing older.
Third Coast Review
As with most concert films, what transpires onscreen doesnt deliver the atmospheric electricity of an in person experience.
What isnt identified with Springsteen is peace, tranquility and outdoor western landscape.
A captivating musical experience brought to the screen that expresses both the nature of Bruce Springsteen and the meaning behind his album Western St ..
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 ..
Its not ego and its not self obsession, more an honest kind of reflection at where hes been and where hes going.
Amid gorgeous vistas, charming home movies (the Boss likes tequila!)
Even if youre not a diehard Springsteen fan, its hard to resist the country tinged songs and ballads behind the 83 minute performance film. Pure magic ..
We can stare at his iconic Boss pose sturdy, bent kneed, poised like a hood ornament into the wind... but like the music itself, it feels a little too ..
It goes without saying that the bigger a Springsteen fan you are, the more entranced youll be by Western Stars. But its such an original and unexpecte ..
Western Stars doesnt do anything to reinvent the concert movie wheel, and thats more than ok.
The overly scripted interludes clash with the authenticity of the show, which is plenty strong on its own.
Bruce comes across like a rugged, romantic cowboy so yes, hes as cool as ever, but it feels like hes playing a character rather than opening up.
One of the live performances stunning highlights is the pop symphony There Goes My Miracle, particuarly Bruces resonant Roy Orbison esque vibrato.
In Western Stars, continues to explore his self destructive impulses and the emotions they inspire.
He starts the movie quietly, an inward character who doesnt say much or do much except for the grunt work hes ordered to do.
At this stage in his career, Springstein isnt getting any smaller.
In a year full of nostalgic Baby Boomer music docs, its a joy to watch a legend like Bruce Springsteen reinvent himself.
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