Mr. Young's passionate cracked whine assumes an oracular power.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Neil Young Journeys underscores the continuing relevance of Young's artistry over the last 45 years and why he is regarded as one of rock's most influential musicians and songwriters.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
For true believers, "Neil Young Journeys" is a visit with a still-vital friend. For the merely curious, it's proof that there's more to the man - more strangeness, deeper communions with the muse - than classic rock radio will ever let on.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Demme and five other camera operators expertly capture an intense, pared-down 2011 solo show at Toronto's Massey Hall in the absorbing new Neil Young Journeys.
Aaron Hillis - Village Voice
Of course, the music is the thing and the sounds here earn Demme's reverence.
Jim Farber - New York Daily News
It's an intimate performance portrait, divided among new material from his 2010 album "Le Noise" and many of his classics.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
With its one-of-a-kind poetic lamentation, Young's voice sounds more peculiarly lovely than ever. A small picture, but good and true.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
As a songwriter, Young can still deliver: one of the best tunes here is a lovely, piano-propelled number, "Leia," that he hasn't even released yet.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
I'd say the movie does a fine job of completing the trilogy, but I wouldn't be surprised if Demme and Young have more in them yet.
Dan DeLuca - Philadelphia Inquirer
Forget Crosby, Stills and Nash and maybe even Crazy Horse. Jonathan Demme might be Neil Young's ultimate collaborator.
Chris Riemenschneider - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Journeys" is simply a trip most need not take.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Like Young, Demme often takes an iconoclastic route. This is in part a concert film, yes, but not a traditional one.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The nicest thing I can think of to say about the doc "Neil Young Journeys" is that at least it isn't in 3-D.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The point of this valuable and continuing exercise is intimacy, not nostalgia per se. Demme keeps it simple, apart from the occasionally trippy lens move.
- Toronto Star
The wartsy antipode of Katy Perry: Part of Me, with an intimacy and intensity bordering on the overwhelming.
James Adams - Globe and Mail
Journeys, shot on the last two nights of Young's 2011 solo world tour, is essential Neil Young.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Young's almost mystical musicianship is what saves it.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Count me in the camp that wouldn't mind another Young/Demme movie every two or three years from here on out.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Young's amiable, guard-down chatter as he drives that 1956 Ford Crown Victoria all the way from Omemee to Massey Hall in Toronto establishes a sense of heart and soul ...
- The List
Demme plants a camera on the mic stand so at one point he can present Young's unshaven scowl in extreme close-up, blocking out the gorgeously lighted stage. It's not a pleasant image
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
It's OK. But seriously, how many Neil Young documentaries do we need?
A mournful documentary that combines footage of Young in concert in Toronto with a bittersweet trip to his childhood home in Omemee in southern Ontario.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Jonathan Demme makes his third concert film with Young, including shots practically right up his nostrils.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Demme hasn't stopped seeking out new angles on this old warhorse, and even the odd speck of spittle on the lens cannot obscure the fact Young increasingly looks and sounds like one of the all-time greats.
If this is raging against the dying of the light, long may he rage.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
...too much material drawing from his mediocre Le Noise album and the interview segments where Young drives around Ontario telling stories from his youth are less than revelatory.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
I've seen better concert videos and I've seen better music documentaries. This one is for diehard Neil Young fans.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
...just Young and his insinuating voice (which I'm inclined to credit more now than I was 40 years ago), various guitars, harmonica and piano, over which he displays a great and tender command.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Fans of folk rock legend Neil Young who are willing to accept that the guy is well past his prime will respond to the downbeat tone of Jonathan Demme's concert film.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
The director is putting Young in the audience's lap, allowing the viewer to examine all the creases and crevices of his grizzled face as well as capturing the emotion the singer pours into his songs.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
These two world-renowned and individualistic artists from the worlds of music and film clearly bask in each other's company. We, the audience, would be fools to respond otherwise.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Long may he run, sure, but 'Neil Young Journeys' has the feeling of a farewell.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Journeys" is about looking back - not in sorrow or wistfulness, but in affection and, often, impassioned remembrance of times past and how they still resonate in the present.
Chris Foran - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A mesmerizing and intimate visit with a performer who is identified most closely with rock 'n' roll, but whose artistic curiosity has taken him in myriad directions musically throughout his 40-plus-year career.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Neil Young Journeys does for some of us what a rare film can do - it revives and renews our spirit. Neil Young and Jonathan Demme. Heart and soul. Wisdom and age. Fire and ashes. Lightning and thunder.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
For fans, Journeys is like that box set of uneven rarities that they simply must own. For casual friends, it's 90 minutes in good company. For the rest - ho-hum.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
An unusually fulsome tribute to the singer-songwriter from the director of The Silence of the Lambs.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
On its own terms, "Neil Young Journeys" is an enjoyable concert film of a solo show in Toronto, interspersed with memories of his Canadian boyhood.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The concert camera work is sometimes a little tight for comfort (not really interested in Young's bridge work), though it adds to the intensity.
Paul de Barros - Seattle Times
Movie fans probably don't need to hear him sing "Ohio" again, but "Neil Young Journeys" -- Jonathan Demme's second Young doc, if you're counting -- does have some new wrinkles.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
In a sense, this film finishes a cycle that began with the homey and impressive "Neil Young: Heart of Gold" and continued with the raucous "Neil Young Trunk Show" of 2009.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"Look at Mother Nature on the run..."
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A portrait of a true musical legend who is equally fascinating both onstage and off.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
'Heart of Gold' was a great concert film, and 'Journeys' doesn't match it. BHut on its own it's a highly enjoyable ninety minutes of music and droll talk.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The words 'Neil Young in concert' mean plenty to some people and little to others; if you're in the plenty category, you'll want to see this.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The third collaboration between Demme and Young since 2006, this may be the sparest and most personal of all.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Demme's visual attention to detail is matched by the film's impeccable sound quality.
George Varga - San Diego Union-Tribune
Overall, it's not a dazzling or groundbreaking movie, but it's an awfully good one, showcasing one of our most durable and honest rockers.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
More casual fans will twist in their chairs uncomfortably, wishing that a roadie would walk up and wipe it off. Neil Young die-hards will cherish the spittle.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Young's joyful revisit to [his hometown] contains some of the best scenes ... as we get a glimpse of a happier, freer Young
Emily S. Mendel - culturevulture.net
A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
At 65, as Demme emphasizes with his clamp-like focus on the performer, Young can still smash it up.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
As great and intimate as Live at Massey Hall 1971 may be, it's not as transportive as this filming of a Neil Young performance at the venue 30 years later.
Kalvin Henely - Slant Magazine
What's the point of this particular project? Why - apart from any marketing concerns - did either artist feel it was essential to capture this concert on film?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The heart of any concert movie is the concert itself, and in the case of Neil Young Journeys, it's a great one.
Sam Adams - AV Club
"I'm on this journey / I don't wanna walk alone," howls Young. What can we do but follow?
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Concert footage from Neil Young's 2011 "Le Noise" tour is simultaneously intimate and very, very loud.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Fans of the 66-year-old guitar god (which is to say the only people who'll see this homespun gem) will revel in Young's winsome cruise down Memory Lane.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine