“ A journey in the recent past that had never been so brilliant, intense and true.
“ Aside from the more than entertaining plot line, I think this movie is really more about the development of each of the major characters.
“ She is plain, dull, and only of average acting abilities.
“ While there are those people who will continue saying that "Rock-n-roll died when (insert tired cliche here)...
“ I believe this is a film because while being entertaining it has some real messages about what the music industry is like and what it does to people.
“A very enjoyable film and one of my favorites.
“ But as I matured I realised just how empty their lives were and how unhappy they were.
“ It was very slow to develop, too much time was spent on atmosphere and not enough on story.
“I found the acting of Kate Hudson to be very solid and enjoyable.
“ The young cast is excellent - Patrick Fugit shoulders the pivotal role with unassuming ease, Billy Crudup is a convincing guitar hero, Jason Lee is engaging as ever and Kate Hudson sparkles as the head "Band Aid".
“ Hudson has been working for a couple years in movies now, and with this fantastic performance she shakes off her being famous for her lineage (she's Goldie Hawn's daughter) and enters her own right as a fascinating and strong actress.
“ This is a beautiful coming of age movie about a 15-year-old boy from San Diego who gets to live his fantasy when he lucks out and lands an assignment from Rolling Stone to tour with the band Sweetwater and write an article about them.
“ Almost Famous gives us a breathtaking view of the music industry and one kid just trying to write an article for Rolling Stone on the band Stillwater.
“ This film just sponges off every rock cliche in the book, and tries to pass itself off as a work of fiction, as if the actual tales of self-indulgent druggies wasn't sickening enough, we are subjected to this...
“ The DVD also has numerous fascinating behind-the-scenes segments, including a copy of the original articles written by Crowe when he wrote for Rolling Stone Magazine.
“ Dull movie about the "essence" of rock.
“" as it dragged in parts.
“ Worth watching, in my opinion!
“ There is also some confusion about what the film is about.
“ It's story, lifted from his own life, is very entertaining, very real.
“ This could have gone in the typical and predictable sex, drugs and rock n' roll direction.
“ Enjoyable trip back to a different age.
“ The entire story, as a whole, is so engaging, emotional & heartfelt, that it never falters.
“Introduce Penny Lane, a band-aide portrayed by the gorgeous Kate Hudson, and Russell Hammond, Stillwater's emotional guitarist, and a back-story for the kid journalist including his overbearing mother and rebellious sister, and what we have is a well-structured, evocative and emotional coming-of-age love story.
“ But Almost Famous is so much more than simply a story about a band, it is a charming and insightful commentary on the state of the period's youth, and an entertaining coming of age story as well.
“ ALMOST FAMOUS is one of the greatest coming of age movies ever made and it's perhaps the greatest love story to rock 'n roll ever filmed.
“ It's a very complex role and we see all sides of Russell Hammond, talented, charismatic, loyal, self indulgent, hedonistic, it's all there and whole lot more.
“ A solid entertaining movie.
“ Their journey from hopefuls on the edge of the scene to rising stars is both heartwarming and exciting, and the music is actually very fine (Mike McCready plays lead guitar).
“ Wonderfully warm, engaging and nostalgic coming-of-age drama .
“ The story was dull, and clichés were flying fast and furious.
“ While it's true that the film was filled with great performances and it had a good story made even better by the fact that it's true, the film as a whole is fairly predictable, due in no small part to the revealing title.
“ It seems a little trite that a 70's rock band on the verge of fame engage in little more recklessness than drinking beer and fondling teenagers.
“ Left the theater humming and smiling.
“ All in all, the film is enjoyable and satisfying, so long as one doesn't expect some realistic documentary treatment, complete with political and historic context - a mistake which some contributors to IMDb seem to have made.
“ I found watching this extremely intriguing.
“ It is a completely unpredictable film at many points, and, while it never uses the mainstream techniques, it can still please any audience.
“ If this film had depended more confidently on the sublime power of its evocative musical score and resisted the temptation to overplay the drama it would absolutely have been a considerably more profound and satisfying experience.
“ As much as I love music and rock & roll, I found this movie to be very sugar-coated with the events feeling too contrived and overall "cheesy".
“ This is one of the greatest films of the year, Ms Hudson is fab, and the Kid is very compelling: I suggest the Untitled Bootleg cut, to see the original vision as it was intended: So many scenes are memorable, like when the Band-Aids take him to bed, the Pool Party, the Backstage interviews, and many many more...
“ A Great Coming of Age Movie .
“ People go to see something which does not insult their intelligence, has competent acting by a good-looking cast, and is entertaining for most of its running time - BINGO!
“ I did, however, muse that I might have enjoyed it even more had I been alive to experience firsthand the era that "Almost Famous" takes such an affectionately nostalgic look at.
“ We say it's all about the music, but it's really about the coming of age of young William Miller while back stage of early 1970's rock and roll.
“ Coming of Age - Mine wasn't this good .
“ I'll give it a 5/10, just because it wasn't another Hollywood revenge movie, but the story was quite poor and uninteresting, as it had nothing to say.
“So, if you can get over the Brady Bunch like groupies (who also include the talented Anna Paquin and Fairuza Balk), a few plot holes (the Rolling Stone scenes don't ring true at all), and the occasional slip into cliche, overall 'Almost Famous' is almost pretty good.
“Wonderfully warm and engaging drama from writer-director Cameron Crowe.
“ The movie does have some up's and down's but overall enjoyable.
“ Well-Acted and Entertaining.
“So my final thoughts on Almost Famous are the following, it's a very enjoyable and original.
“ When Will is eleven, his sister moves away to become a stewardess, leaving behind some riveting rock and roll music for him.
“ One of the year's best films, inspirational and engaging.
“ Loud , colorful and empty .
“ Then, the kid becomes a journalist writing about the rock bands and goes on tour with one of them as his coming of age experience.
“ This movie is worth watching for most fans of sixties rock'n roll, people looking to find out more about the environment, or just fans of Cameron Crowe.
“ But, when seen through the context of his career to date, you realize it's about Crowe coming of age, as much as the characters in the film.
“The performances are good across the board (Kate Hudson and Jason Lee were my favorites) and the script manages to be sentimental without sappy, funny without cheesy, and entertaining from start to finish.
“ Almost famous is hilarious, entertaining, and to me the best film of 2000.
“ The characters are bland and one-dimensional.
“ Without being either preachy (anti-1960s) or glorifying (pro-1960s), we get a balanced view of the music culture that's riveting.
“ Every time you watch Almost Famous, its like returning to your family at Christmas, comforting yet quixotic and constantly entertaining, especially if you're a fan of rock music and/or grew up in the era.
“ A big, entertaining puff-piece on the way the 1970s music scene never was.
“ Thank you Cameron Crowe for sharing your coming of age with us.
“ Well, suffice to say, I really, really liked it - I found it honest and entertaining, well-acted with a clever script and solid direction.
“ Kate's performance as the wildly entertaining groupie "Penny Lane" is probably the greatest of her career.
“ This is one of the finest coming of age films I have ever seen.
“and probably one of the most enjoyable piece of cinema i have ever seen.
“ While the end of the story is somewhat predictable, the path taken to get there is entertaining.
“ Wait for the drummer to come out, and then turn it off, everything after that is nauseatingly predictable.
“ But the plot was thoroughly predictable, and everyone was so NICE that I almost fell asleep.
“ The "Cameron Crowe" character spent the whole movie wandering around in wide-eyed wonderment and the character portrayed by Kate Hudson was ditzy and uninteresting.
“ Crowe's brilliant use of music (for example, Led Zeppelin's "That's the Way" and Elton John's "Tiny Dancer") made the story all the more powerful and engrossing.
“ An enjoyable blend of humor, drama-lite, and rock.
“ For a start it is very boring, following the not very interesting or even rock and roll adventures of a very well behaved rock group and a journalist with the world's longest deadline trying to pen an article about them.
“ The 'band aids', a group of super-fans forming a further attachment to the group, add another fascinating dimension.
“ Restored my faith in coming of age films .
“ If you're looking for a whole hearted, down to earth, amazingly truthful, and immensely entertaining movie...
“ It's manipulative, but it's manipulative in a smart way, an evocative way, a way that takes skill and technique to pull off.
“ Coming of age movie?
“ Fugit is competent but his role is written a bit too mature and reserved; you never quite feel his naivete, confusion or anguish regarding Hudson.
“ It could have been a lot better, but it's entertaining and probably worth renting.
“ As you can see director Cameron Crowe really makes this a film of exploring it's like it's a coming of age film.
“ I remember going through the same process in my coming of age.
“ The story is very predictable--a young 15 year old tours with a rock band to do a piece for "Rolling Stone" magazine--along the way he grows up, learns life lessons, yadda yadda yadda.
“ It's so enjoyable, lovable, quotable, hell it can even be somewhat relatable.
“This movie was a snore-a-thon!
“ Starts A Little Slow, Then Takes Off .
“ But it's entertaining, funny and kind of original.
“ Boring, stupid, clichéd .
“ Billy Crudup is your most interesting star being that little too arrogant and overly pretentious with a quite demeanour to fit the portrayal of a modern musician.
“ Cameron Crowe somehow manages to make the concert scene of the early 70's look boring, and then tries to fill in the lameness with horribly spliced clips from the great Led Zeppelin, whose fans will surely be outraged by this butchery (made even worse by the fact that Crowe toured with Zeppelin at their invitation, providing the basis for this movie).
“ Almost Famous is a highly enjoyable tale about an adolescent movie critic who spends an uforgettable summer with a second-rate band and their loyal groupies.
“ Besides, anyone so willing and able to waste time on one of the most banal periods in history in terms of taste, style, attitude etc etc - that being the 1970's - essentially has set themselves up to lose from the get-go....
“ Above all this movie excellently reflects the early seventies-pop music scene: flat, boring and uninspiring.
“ Crowe's movies are always enjoyable, human and honest.
“ Almost Famous is a thoroughly enjoyable film, lit up by a cast of [largely] unknown people, which makes it all the more surprising.
“ The film begins as a pretentious worship session of the 70's rock and roll scene.
“ Any rock and roll fan will enjoy this movie, but any fan of slightly more complex film than a simple action movie will really find this to be a real enjoyable piece of art that will be cherished no matter how many times you watch.
“ But having been in high-school during the 70's, I found this movie generally enjoyable.
“" Her charming facial expressions and gestures make her performance absolutely stunning.
“ An Entertaining movie.
“ paints a lovely portrait of love, life, coming of age and all things rock-n-roll .
“The plane scene is just uninspired and cliché' ridden.
“ This leads to a very boring, one-dimensional movie.
“ I left the theater frightened to death by the message of this film: the ultimate triumph of sticky, middle America, petit bourgeois values.
“ Almost famous is a perfect example of film-making, and is just a greatly written and very entertaining film.
“ Though this movie is a little slow, I found it really entertaining.
“ The script was so poor and full of so many lame cliche lines.
“ Superficial but entertaining .
“ Unfortunately, I was bored and actually watched this film.
“I've found that a lot of people find the movie to be rather boring because of its "dull" and "uncomplicated" main character.
“ I had a problem with Kate Hudson (can you say bland?
“ Just a few funny moments and a crapload of completely dull stuff.
“ There are so many well conceived and connecting pieces and sequences, including the many phone conversations - Bangs and William speaking on the phone and how Bangs says how uncool they both are ring sadly true; Elaine's tongue-lashing to an unknowing yet well-meaning Russell (and the earlier phone call between Elaine and the equally unsuspecting Sapphire (Balk in a very winning turn) who sets her straight yet straight-forwardly so with surprising warmth and respect - and the way of tour travel affecting one's nerves and identity (when Russell wants to be `real' and winds up in a Topeka suburban teenager's impromptu party and has a truly funny acid trip with William mentally noting everything occurring and the unexpected rage by Russell the next morning at `The Enemy' - until now a sarcastic nickname the group brands William with, and my favorite scene - one destined for the time capsule of cinema - after the tour bus and the group reunites with Russell they sing along to Elton John's `Tiny Dancer', without a single note of falsehood or what easily could have been handled as a sardonic undercoating any other film hack would've traipsed on, where William declares mid-song to Penny `I have to go home' and she simply states, `You are home!
“ This is the most unashamedly enjoyable film I have seen in a long time.
“ My father being of a different generation did not understand the music of the 60's changed the world,people came from the stuffy 50's with their short haircuts and somewhat boring music into the free love of the 60's and early 70's and the music soared,anyone that has listened to Jimi Hendrix knows the chill you get when you hear those first cords of purple haze,that is the way I feel about almost famous,it takes you back to the time eagles Hotel California was your favorite album and most prized possession,it takes you to the place you always wanted to be on stage playing guitar with a rock band while people scream your name.
“ It is a story of a boy trying to write a piece about a band, and the whole time he is worrying about having no story, until he realizes that there is a story all around him.
“ Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous is one of those rare, genius movies that not only speaks to the human experience, but does so in such a memorable, enjoyable way that I can-and do-quote it religiously.
“ All of it was just so darn entertaining and intriguing to watch from the perspective of a young naive and innocent boy trying to make it as a journalist.
“ I am sorry if anyone found that role to be somehow compelling.
“The acting is fine, the film is reasonably well made and at least it's not another pointless Hollywood action movie, but the story so uninteresting.
“" For such a minor character to say the punch line of the whole movie is sad and boring.
“"Almost Famous" takes much the same tone as "Jerry Maguire", yet adds the personal touch for those who felt the latter to be a bit contrived.
“ This movie caused me excruciating unbearable pain.
“ Even the weaving of the structure that occurs in front of the audience in its initial stages, is breathtaking with monologues, debates and "teenage fun" bits that makes it slick.
“ I was bored by quite alot of it also.
“ I highly recommend it to any given rock music fan and concerning the original soundtrack, guess the tunes that Crowe chose...
“ "What a long, dull trip it's been"--should've been the afterword.
“ Enjoyable story and characters that exist within a convincing portrayal of time, place and people .
“ This movie was thoroughly enjoyable and inspired me to be a writer for Rolling Stone or some interesting magazine, like that.
“ The man wrote a very touching, inspirational, and exciting script.
“ Almost Famous is not a tremendously great film, but the excellent performances along with an intriguing story make it particularly noticeable.
“ It's original and ENTERTAINING!!!!
“As I said before the film has some boring sequences and sometimes uses the same rockstereotypes it's trying to make fun of (the electrocution on stage, the near airplane crash).
“As a coming of age flick (I never that that at pushing 40, a COA flick would impress me) this one rules.
“ "Almost Famous" went nowhere.
“ That`s rock and roll for you Ulitimately though ALMOST FAMOUS is rather empty and shallow a problem I had with this director`s latter movie VANILLA SKY .
“ The characters played by Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson seem to be searching for something the whole movie, but with Crowe's screenplay, that path becomes very confusing and disjointed.
“ A word stating my utter frustration and confusion.
“But the most important thing of this film is the exploration the main character does in the world of rock and roll and the movie brings a fascinating analysis about the commercialization of rock and roll.
“ In our present time, when society seems desensitized to gratuitous sex and violence, its refreshing to know that films can still be made which are artful and entertaining without needing to be over the top.
“ It may not be the best movie ever made but it is funny, entertaining and incredibly touching at times.
“ The rest comes off terribly self indulgent on a visceral level.
“ A cinematographic dithyramb of rock, epicureanism and the 70s that reminds me nonetheless a well-known fiction The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera, 1984): although it's nice to listen to and enjoy a rock album, I'm not sure that the lives of band members are of any interest (some will probably deduce that I'm not 'cool' enough).
“ This movie is very entertaining.
“ Therefore Crowe's rendering is more a romantic ideal of something in itself banal that happens to work because it's a story told through the eyes of a kid who seems to be the only one in the picture with an elementary notion of good and bad.
“ Terrific coming of age story, acting terrific and as a writer, if this doesn't get you motivated to go out and write, nothing will.
“ This film wants to be touching / funny / hard / honest and vibrant but ends up being flat / bland / dull / uninspiring.
“)There is nothing overtly profound about Almost Famous, and it's not a film that will keep you up at night, but it is a decent film for any music lover and is a very enjoyable experience.
“ The film boasts absolutely incredible performances, Patrick Fugit is a newcomer and has terrific potential, Frances McDormand is emotionally stunning as an over-protective mother and Billy Crudup, who I underrated at first, gives a performance of believability and power.
“ Fun Movie, Enjoyable and Lightweight .
“ Very entertaining; best of 2000.
“ It just drones on and on.
“ I think it's a mix between a film with a interesting exciting story and a documentation about the rock music and the life as a rock star.
“ Jason Lee and Billy Crudup were a very nice pairing, and watching them clash and compromise was quite enjoyable.
“ i really enjoyed it.
“ With these two around, any picture is worth watching.
“ And some of the scenes were overly generic and/or predictable (the Elton John scene on the tour bus being one example, the Topeka party scene another, and a lot of the scenes where Fugit takes center stage as well.
“ While the climax is not as good as the rest of the movie(It's great, but not as enthralling as the rest, if that makes sense), Almost Famous is still a riveting, feel good movie, and one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time now-as of 8/11/19 it is #9.
“ I found it boring from start to end.
“ It's a touching drama, a road movie, a comedy, and a coming of age story all in one.
“ Crowe seems to transport us right back to the crazy hazy days of the mid 70s, where everyone searched for significance and meaning in the mundane.
“Taking to the road with Stillwater, William find himself caught in the tension of inter-band politics, making friends with guitarist Russell Hammond (Crudup), meeting the beautiful and fascinating groupies (or band-aids as they prefer to call themselves) who follow the band, Penny Lane (Hudson) in particular.
“First, the main characters are uninteresting and cliched.
“ Even so there is enough good stuff going on here to overlook the movies obvious flaws, and have a reasonably entertaining time if you don't dig too deeply, and expect too much.
“ They're bored and can't think of anything else do.
“ Now we have repetitious artists such as Cascada clogging up the charts with pretentious dance music.
“ lmost famous is a movie that is ,from my point of view, definitely worth watching because it really gives people a look into the culture of rock and roll and also provides a deep message about friendship and trust in the end.
“ The songs are uplifting, the backyard score is decently scored, the cinematography is mesmerizing with fine editing and stunning camera work and visuals with live locations that foliates it into the anticipated musical cinematic experience.
“This is a fine "coming of age" story, and the fact that it closely parallels Cameron Crowe's real life is, in my opinion, a great bonus.
“Fugit is stunning in his portrayal of the youthfully awkward Miller, a boy thrust into the drugs-and-sex-charged world of rock n roll.
“ `Almost Famous' is, in the end, a stirring, thoroughly enjoyable experience; there's great music and some madness, and some real lessons about life in the real world to be learned along the way.
“This movie has great characters, a great story great acting and great cinematography (love the blue lighting for the concerts and some of the other road scenes, and my personal fav when Lady Jane is dancing by herself sliding on balloons in an empty gymnasium).
“ This is a great movie -- extremely entertaining, slick professional plotting, happy ending, solid acting, funny, etc. You would think it would have popular appeal in addition to the great reviews.
“ Kate Hudson gives a mezmorizing performance than can appear dull if you don't allow yourself to look through her eyes; eyes that yearn to live the music of Stillwater.
“Though the movie boasts an adept cast, spirited musical reverence, and seems to remain consistently entertaining throughout, I am almost shocked at the outpouring of perfect reviews given to Almost Famous at the time of it's release.
“ The story itself is intriguing and in every way entertaining.
“ Kate Hudson is stunning and fits her part like a glove.
“ A deep, thrilling, heartbreaking movie that touches on issues you're either too young to understand, or old enough to wish you had them again.
“ Hell , the whole movie is completely pointless.
“ It is genuinely enjoyable, fascinating, funny, touching, lively and most important of all, a film filled with believable characters.
“ If you don't have already a connection with this thematic, you will be like me and find it totally boring and empty.
“Almost Famous is Crowe's bloated, self-indulgent portrayal of the beginning of his career as a young journalist on the music scene in the early 1970's.
“ he has such an intense honesty to his face that is hardly ever seen in actors his age (and it's great to know that he is a teenager because it's so silly when a character who's 15 or 16 is played by an actor 10 years too old)...
“ Very good but predictable rock and roll film.
“ The fast paced life style of the rock stars and the groupies really kind of released the voyeur in me.
“ It's a tag that I would prefer not to use, but it manages to explain the crux of this film - it's a coming of age flick.
“ The story is well told and engaging.
“ The perfect and stunning Tiny Dancer scene is undoubtedly the best music scene in the movies ever made.
“ I have never really enjoyed rock 'n' roll movies, as I found them to be extremely boring and stupid.
“ Plot is a little hard to follow andwe never learn the names of all the band members.
“Star of the band Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) is the fast living, disillusioned rock star on the edge of fame who carries William with him on his emotional journey, giving him a glimpse into the lonely world of rock and roll.
“ Billy Crudup & Kate Hudson create the tension filled romance that drives the story along; both did a great job & were adroitly evocative of those fast times in the rock & roll fantasy land of the 70's.
“ Like many of the old films I love with great character acting, 'Almost Famous', is beautifully realized on many levels, with terrific acting performances from Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Patrick Fugit as well as numerous others, a tight script, and nary a wasted scene or false note in two hours, accompanied by wonderfully evocative music.
“ Scenes like William saving Penny from a drug overdose are pretty formulaic.
“ Beautifully written and entertaining to the core, Almost Famous is one of the best movies of the year.
“ Characters are stereotypical and dialogue is contrived, as if based on what someone thought the era was like.
“ In short, this is a well-made, thoughtful and entertaining film which can be enjoyed from a number of different perspectives, even if you're not a big fan of its general themes.
“ The dialogue was fresh and exciting.
“ I love Kate Hudson's performance in the movie, she was a fascinating character, Frances McDormand had also done a spectacular performance in this movie.
“ The climax (if you want to call it that) is virtually nonexistent, a faint blip in what is already a very dull movie.
“ "Almost Famous" is one of the most heartfelt, funny and entertaining movies of the year and Cameron Crowe never misses a point and is at the top of his game with this one, which also shows his movies just get better and better everytime.
“ It resembles the music made by those bands; it thinks it is striving towards some great profound truth, when it is really bombastic, insincere and boring.
“ It's cheesy, predictable and boring.
“ Very boring, in my opinion .
“ It is funny, sad, and always absorbing.
“ Then you can walk out, pretending you've just tasted the first drop of a wonderful movie, rather than the only trace of juice in a lifeless and pretentious disappointment.
“ almost famous was very entertaining, it kept me on the edge of my bed as i saw it in my room.
“ I highly recommend it to anyone.
“ It's solid but there REALLY should have been a copy of "Cover of the Rolling Stone" included, it's one of the most evocative songs of the desires and adjustments of fame for a rock musician there is and its oversight is nearly criminal.
“ The characters in this feature are all one dimensional and painfully boring to gaze upon.
“ Perhaps not worthy of the hype and vast praise that it has garnered, it is certainly an enjoyable film that does what it does well.
“ There is little in this movie that is new or exciting or original - we've seen it all before - maybe you had to be American to really appreciate it because I thought it was in the mediocre range of average.
“ Penny manages to remain cute and graceful in a time of intense internal turmoil.
“ I saw this movie in a virtually empty theater in Sweden on a Saturday night.
“ Brilliant and very entertaining film.
“ It shows the touch of a true music lover and provides an entertaining plot to take us through the crazy world of seventies rock.
“ BORING .
“ Hugely enjoyable .
“ It never lagged, the plot was enjoyable, Kate Hudson was awesome, and Jason Lee was comical as usual.
“ Even the Lester Bangs character was dull.
“ It's self-indulgence that can still be indulged in by many others.
“ Ever since Say Anything Crowe has been engaging in highly visible regression.
“ Believable and breathtaking view of rock'n'roll in the '70's.
“ He gives soul and substance to what could've been another boring clad quiet person cum hero.
“ "What a long, dull trip it's been" .
“ Hudson gives a masterful performance as Penny Lane, she pulls off all Lane's facial expressions effortlessly brilliantly, and God knows she is one of the most stunning young performers of her current time, and she gives one of the most memorably exciting performances of 2000.
“ Pop musician are trapped in a state of arrested development, their rejection of traditional social behaviors and their intense self obsession is highly rewarded, and their impulsive momentary pleasures dominate their life choices.
“ALMOST FAMOUS is "mainstream" for sure, but it's as good, smart and entertaining as mainstream gets these days.
“ Still, this partly autobiographical coming of age story is light years ahead of 90% of the c**p Hollywood's calling movies these days.
“ As a tour veteran she takes young William under her wing and their relationship is a somewhat odd yet fascinating one.
“I can't really understand why people still make movies like this, its overdone and just plain boring.
“ The honesty, as portrayed by Billy Crudup as lead guitarist, and the self denial, as demonstrated by Kate Husdon as Miss Penny Lane, carry the film while our teenage writer travels from city to city having his interview delayed while the rock and roll cliché dramatically plays out.
“ Oh come on, it's so uninteresting, and performances aren't exactly good.
“ The groupies, the writers and magazine people are so contrived and cliche, as are the members of Stillwater.
“ This was a smart, engaging, entertaining movie with some big laughs, and some nice little moments, but ultimately, it's a shallow film that leaves you when you leave the theater.
“ Beautiful, Engaging, and happy.
“ As captivating or hypnotic or mesmerizing as a film may be a film invariably is an inferior experience to great music, and sadly the compelling soundtrack is too often overwhelmed or obliterated by the artifice of the film's cinematic devices.
“ Almost Famous is a stunning, thought-provoking film that comes at you directly from the eye of the camera and hits you with a hard bang.
“ His film credits include the great movie Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise and the mildly enjoyable Singles with Bridget Fonda.
“ Almost Famous chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William in the early 1970's as a unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time.
“ But the experience of getting to go out on the road and spend some time with "the band" is quite a fun and enjoyable time, and that's exactly what Almost Famous is; fun and enjoyable, and in my opinion Crowe's best film to date.
“ I highly recommend it.
“ She was interesting and really made the film worth watching.
“ Thus, when he gets to final couple of reels, he has to stick in some fairly contrived conflicts to bring tension to an otherwise easygoing picture.
“ In the end it is exciting again, because we don't know how it will end.
“ The pace of the film is far too slow.
“Kate Hudson's presence is stunning.
“ And we get to go along for the thrilling trip of a lifetime.
“ The times were much wilder, weirder, rougher, grittier, and unpredictable--a roller coaster ride of the thrilling and the terrifying.
“The result is, for the most part, wholly entertaining.
“ Almost Famous is a warm, funny and entertaining paean to youth, love, honesty and the rock 'n roll scene.
“ During the film's two hour length, it's hard to imagine a story more enjoyable.
“ Penny and Russell each have their own stories to tell and their lives' journeys are fascinating to watch as well.
“The Bad: The trite happy ending montage may leave a bitter sweet taste.
“ Overall this is one of the best going with the group, getting attached and coming of age type of film I thoroughly enjoyed.
“His ideas are empty and useless as always.
“ He created perfectly real and authentic partly based on his own experience atmosphere of the fascinating world of music when it wasn't entirely commercialized, the world of music from heart and for heart.
“ A Coming of Age Movie That Offers a Behind the Scenes Look at Rock .
“ The best movies are the ones that blow you away on the first few viewings but tend to bore if seen to often.
“ A very enjoyable film with a great soundtrack.
“ Stillwater's foibles give the film a light Spinal Tap vibe, but Famous's great strength is the way it subverts the coming of age genre by asserting that losing one's virginity pales in comparison to what it really means to grow up.
“ i highly recommend it...
“ It's beautifully written, it's compelling and it's so hilarious.
“ Narratively speaking, Crowe takes his time, steadily building characters and backdrop essentials, it works a treat as we become immersed in all the major players within the music circle, while also feeling the concerns of those on the outside of the rock group circle.
“ American unbearable lightness of being.
“ There's the entertaining leading man controversy, the drama with the so-called "Band-Aids," and William's repeated attempts to get Russell to sit down for a one-on-one interview.
“Why Rolling Stone would have any interest in Stillwater, the dullest band (either real or fictional) in history, let alone want to put them on the cover, is beyond me.
“ Its an engaging, emotional & heartfelt film, that deserves a repeat-viewing.
“ It's also a brilliant story of a boy's coming of age.
“I could go on all day saying how great Cameron is as a director and writer, but then you would just get bored, so let me just say one thing:He is hands down the best director out there right now.
“ The movie is a coming of age dramedy about this kid named William Miller (Patrick Fugit.
“ The groupie girls were boring too – like they were on some kind of high school weekend excursion.
“What makes Almost Famous intriguing is that it is a semi-autobiographical film, with William playing a young Cameron Crowe – who is the youngest journalist to write for the renowned Rolling Stone magazine.
“ However, Almost Famous turned out to be a brilliant film: funny, sweet, and very entertaining.
“ Crowe excels in both categories, although he doesn't have a definite style to his direction, and his script doesn't have any emotional punch; it's just there, and when this movie's done, nothing's learned (except rock stars can't be trusted, but we all already knew that), nothing's gained, but an enjoyable character study for two hours.
“even though i'm far too young to have lived through this era originally, it is very entertaining.
“ His reaction when Elaine William's mother tells him off for compromising values is one of the funniest moments in a film and his realisation at the end as to Penny Lane's final plan is a classically poignant and humorous slow burner!
“The acting is fine, but the script has no punch, and the story line is rather mundane considering the subject matter.
“ Supposedly based on Crowe's experiences, it is self-indulgent and lacking any insight about the rock music scene of the 1970s, a subject excellently covered by Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz.
“ This is Cameron Crowe's best work, combining the best of Singles and Jerry Maguire, among other films, into a truly stunning piece.
“ This was actually a very enjoyable film, full of good drama and funny moments.
“ Empty Fun .
“ Everyone else will find it boring.
“ The structure of the story line is quite fascinating: a 15-year-old budding rock magazine writer following a not-quite-first-line rock group on tour, thereby giving us some interesting insight into what the entire business is about.
“ The characters were compelling and brought you in to their lives.
“ This movie is so incredibly enjoyable for so many reasons.
“ It's hard to tell if the grandiose mythologizing of rock-and-roll as a way of life is tongue-in-cheek or not; either way, it doesn't make it look like an appealing way of life at all, or even a decadent one--messy and dull is more like it.
“Billy Crudup & Kate Hudson create the tension filled romance that drives the story along; both did a great job & were adroitly evocative of those fast times in the rock & roll fantasyland of the 70's.
“ Their conversations are rather trite and mundane.
“ If blatant gaffes back to back within the first twenty minutes of the movie were the only problem I might still have enjoyed it.
“" The way that Hudson acted that scene was absolutely breathtaking and I personally feel that she was robbed of an Oscar.
“ Otherwise very funny, very sexy and very enjoyable.
“ It ended up being a totally enjoyable experience.
“ Both films tell compelling heartwarming human tales.
“ If he is not wearing a big silly grin on his face, he's looking bemused like a baby with wind, a factor which amused me much more than the movie's contrived attempts at comedy.
“ However much this film may seemingly portray itself as a deconstruction of the rock'n'roll myth it is pretty much the stuff of nostalgia and fairytale from beginning to end, and all the more funny and emotionally engaging for it!
“ Miss Penny Lane's constant desire to do something exciting is what leads her life, and Stillwater's music is what excites her the most.
“It doesn't quite reach the level of penetration into the dynamic of a rock band as much as it would seem to and the love subplot between Hudson and Crudup is a little watered down, but it's straightforward at least and gives you a lot of entertaining material.
“ He never comes off as fake, jaded, etc. He's all big eyes and intense concentration.
“ What a load of pretentious crap.
“ Almost Famous is an exciting Rock 'N' Roll film about life on the road and much more.
“ A piece of art that is as relevant and enjoyable today as it is in five years, or would have been five years ago.
“ It is a relatively enjoyable watch - though it is simply unremarkable and forgettable.
“ Hudson's Penny Lane is at times simply cute, at other times downright sexy -- but above all, she's ceaselessly intriguing.
“ Instead it comes across as a self-indulgent exercise in, well, I'm not sure what.
“Dormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman are all at their best in a film that is one of the most enjoyable films of all time.
“ Yet the soundtrack of this movie was also fascinating.
“ Despite such predictable quibbles, it's an original concept for a major Hollywood studio movie, and a brave one too, and for this it should be applauded.
“ She is also allowed to show her vulnerability in another compelling scene late in the film.
“ The three groupies Sapphire (Fairuza Balk), Estrella (Bijou Phillips) and Polexia (Anna Paquin) where also very enjoyable in their roles.
“ An enjoyable watch for all rock lovers mature enough for a mild R rating.
“ Nobody really gets hurt and hence the movie ended up being really boring as I waited for all the conflicts to be resolved as they inevitably would.
“ A self-indulgent, overblown myopic film!
“ This movie is beautiful and breathtaking and sad and hilarious.
“ The trials and tribulations of a working rock band provide the background for a coming of age story that really works.
“ You could say that this can bring much love to music fans and film lovers in the taking when all is said and done when it comes to a heart wrenching and fascinating story in the midst of the 70's that plays this tune so perfectly with dazzling and spot on performances and casting, you wouldn't want this tune to end for quite a while!
“All in all, a well-told and highly enjoyable story.
“ Cameron Crowe has given us a brilliant film that works on a number of levels; it's entertaining and insightful, delivered from his own unique perspective and presented objectively and without moralizing.
“ Almost FamousI really liked this film, because it's very funny but also exciting.
“ It has a thoroughly enjoyable story, and characters that are so real you feel you know them.
“ There are many exciting ideas and interesting scenes.
“Overall this was a personal but an enjoyable film.
“ Every cliche in the book .
“ The film is peppered with inside jokes and references for the true musical scholar and pop culture historian ranging from the aforementioned Lester Bangs, to Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong Torres, to photographer Annie Lebowitz, and the comical and historical relevance breaking into a verse of "Peggy Sue" as one's plane is experiencing some intense turbulence.
“Crowe masterfully blends a coming of age story along with his own experiences with the real world under the glitz and glamor that was "Rock N' Roll".
“The plot is gripping and unpredictable.
“ Completely unexpected .
“ On the contrary most Hollywood real life stories are flat, boring, and superficial.
“ The movie is enjoyable from the very first to the very last minute and that, even I normally don't care about the this genre very much.
“ The band-scene in the early 70's provides a stunning background.
“ It went from like aroused and intense to just slightly aroused and somewhat panicked.
“ Ultimately a little too charming for it's own good, but nonetheless very entertaining.
“ Looking at what he did at the age of 15 makes me want to leave home and go out on an adventure, experience the world.
“Add to all this a dozen or so other cliche scenes, and you have yourself a bad movie, worth no more than 5/10.
“ The plot is uninteresting, besides the music wasn't good.
“ The acting is engaging.
“ It starts out fairly well, but once William hooks up with Stillwater it gets flat out boring.
“ That kid really got on my nerves, he was unappealing, bland, and had a horrible squealing voice that drove me nuts.
“ How did Hudson cop an Oscar nomination for her bland performance?
“ This film is just a good, fun, entertaining film.
“ Fairuza Balk's character was very enjoyable, she was very amusing and I think she is also very beautiful and alluring.
“ Thanks to the likes of Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit and so many more, a fantastic soundtrack really helps build this unique, "biographical" coming of age story.
“ Jason Lee, Billy Crudup and Frances McDormand are magnificent, and Kate Hudson is stunning.
“ unfortunately, highlights like these are few and fleeting, and the rest if this sugery sentimental flop left me in a depressed funk from cliche overdose.
“ William Miller is coming of age even though his mother, Francis McDormand would like to keep him a child just alittle bit longer.
“ Not sure if it wanted to be an expose or love story - the band stuff is all pretty familiar, the more intriguing angle is the one between youngster Fugit and worldly Hudson.
“ Brilliant and completely enjoyable movie except for the airplane scene, which is the most jarringly badly acted and poorly edited scene I've seen in quite a while.
“ What a pointless waste of time .
“ The uniquely REAL bond between these two stands in bold relief against the backdrop of unreal, delusional and pretentious relationships created by drugs, celebrity, and the road.
“ This may be the most entertaining film of 2000.
“ In the middle, the film goes more and more boring, because there's hardly ever something new.
“ Don't waste your time.
“ It was absolutely gripping; I loved every moment of it.
“ From the pencil sketched opening credits, we enter a simple, yet compelling story of one boy genius' `Wizard of Oz,' Pinocchio esque 1970's adolescent journey.
“ It shows Lester the mentor, giving young William Miller a helping hand, even as he still believed the kid was going nowhere fast.
“ Cameron Crowe's signature sweetness drowns out an engaging story .
“Its weak and pointless.
“ How many times i have seen movies about music groups and feeling empty at the end.
“)Maybe it was a giant yawn after all.
“ This film intrigues me, I imagine, for a different reason than it does it's audience born before 1970 -- I missed the sex, drugs, and rock-n- roll revolution by much more than a decade, and this story is an incredibly enjoyable depiction of a time I'll only ever know through here-say.
“an enjoyable 8!!
“ her stunning portrayal of penny lane brought a real depth to 'almost famous'.
“ There's nothing more, nothing less: "Almost Famous" is quite funny, it has a brilliant screenplay that works just fine, and everyone who was 20 and a rock 'n' roll maniac in the 70s will find it really entertaining.
“ Along with that there is really no plot which I understand works well in some movies because it is supposed to be a journey, but this one seemed very repetitive the whole way through.
“ Loved this totally engrossing look at the psychedelic era.
“Ostensibly a fictional tale of a very young writer coming of age amongst his heroes, Almost Famous is really a paean to classic rock.
“ At 15 William manages to land a assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to interview an up and coming band called Stillwater, and he quickly finds himself immersed in the life his mother so desperately wanted to protect him from.
“The film is classically cool and endlessly enjoyable, making it by far one of the top 5 movies of last year.
“ Despite this it is still an enjoyable film that I would recommend to anyone who thinks the bands of today just don't compare to the seventies, still has a pair of flares in the back of the cupboard, or is just looking for a feel-good movie with a great soundtrack (Led Zeppelin fans wont be disappointed).
“everything about this film is truly "entertaining" which is what going to the movies used to be about.
“ Even the pathetic remarks that are supposed to make it look, i repeat, LOOK like a comedy are so flat and tedious that they really never were worth the effort to begin with.
“ The most stunning movie I've ever seen.
“ Set in 1973, this coming of age film is all about finding yourself.
“ I go to movies to be entertained, and Cameron Crowe as a director does an excellent job of entertaining me.
“ An Exciting Rock 'N' Roll Film.
“ Really well done movie, flawless and entertaining until the end of the credits.
“ Almost Famous is a great movie, very enjoyable to watch with superb acting(Hudson, Fugit, Lee Crudup) and great music(why didn't the Neil Young songs make the soundtrack????
“ The second feature film of Writer and Director Cameron Crowe, this semi autobiographical portrayal captures the initiation of an innocent and impressionable teenage boy into the exciting world of Rock and Roll.
“ However when I saw the film finally, I was disappointed, even bored at parts.
“ the scenes showing the characters having spontaneous fun are awkward and contrived, kate hudson's character is cheesy and tiresomely "mysterious", and the ridiculous relationship between the band and patrick fugit's charachter is transparent and silly.
“ Billy, as Russell Hammond, teeters on the edge of fame, not wanting to leave his long-suffering band mates behind.
“ This is a coming of age movie with a heart and a sincerity shot in a voyeuristic style that doesn't pander.
“ However enjoyable it may be to watch Patrick Fugit play out portions of director Cameron Crowe's own experiences, Patrick's portrayal is sometimes lacking, and although it all makes for a nice watch, that's about the extent of it's appeal.
“I think the depiction of the 70's was nice, but walking out from the movie it felt like it was all rather pointless.
“If you wish to recall an innocent world of intense emotions and first kisses, of life-long friendships easily made, of vows never broken...
“ Almost Famous is quite an enjoyable experience.
“ This film is entertaining, funny, and touching.
“ The ending of the film is very predictable and seemed out of balance with the rest of the film.
“ Maybe it was the relative lack of charisma in the lead character, an obvious analogue of the writer-director himself, portrayed in this deprecating self-portrait as too bland and unlikely a paragon of journalistic virtue.
“With such unforgettable lines as "My son has been kidnapped by rock stars" to "I am a golden god", combined with masterful performance, and a heart-warming story, this film is a stunning success that I would recommend to all.
“ Although I love seeing a lot of blockbusters at the cheap movie theater, I'm usually more of an art-flick girl, but this movie was entertaining, almost moving and interesting.
“ I was reminded of the first time I heard Black Sabbath, the song and the band, with the lights off on a dark night, the sound up loud, alone in my room: the music kicked in, the slowest, simplest, and loudest music I'd ever heard, and I lay in bed squirming and kicking and smiling in ecstatic disbelief that such sounds were being made in the world.
“ I ENJOYED it.
“ Whenever it seemed the writing might turn dull or the plot might veer off, Crowe injects some humor or something unexpected happens to keep you interested.
“ This account of a make-believe rock-star story is a touching and very entertaining film.
“ If you like boring love movies save up your dough for this one.
“ Even if the whole thing was predictable I don't think it could have ever ruined this jewel of a movie.
“ Enjoyable, lightweight film based loosely on writer/director Cameron Crowe's true-life experiences as a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone in the mid 1970s.
“ Almost Famous is a perfect movie to go see on a date, after a hard day at work, or on a boring Sunday afternoon.
“ Hello all,I was once told that I grew up during a "giant yawn".