Year of the Horse (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Year of the Horse1997

Year of the Horse (1997)



Critic Consensus: Year of the Horse might be worth a watch for hardcore fans of Neil Young or Jim Jarmusch, but it will likely test the patience of most other viewers.

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Independent film hero Jim Jarmusch followed Neil Young & Crazy Horse during their 1996 world tour and captured it on handheld Super-8. Spliced with archival footage shot by Young and with current interviews from all band members and Young's father, the result is not so much an overview of the band's career as an homage to the power of the band's consistent and timeless work as a four-piece. With three other Neil Young concert films available on home video (Rust Never Sleeps, Weld, Neil Young Unplugged) Year of the Horse seems a bit redundant, but was obviously a labor of love for Jarmusch. Though the current concert footage seems to drag on (Crazy Horse's propensity for endless jamming isn't exciting every night), the old backstage interviews and a classic clip of live Young from 1976 is worth the viewing.

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Critic Reviews for Year of the Horse

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

Jarmusch gets nothing out of his interview except the band members and manager repeatedly telling us how long and how well the group works together.

March 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A timeless record of a timeless band.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Both a quirky little movie and a monument to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest noisemakers.

January 1, 2000
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Plays like This Is Spinal Tap made from anti-matter. Both films are about aging rockers, but Year of the Horse removes the humor and energy.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This is quite possibly the worst documentary I have ever had the displeasure of watching on the big screen.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

This is an intimate, lyrical yet incendiary film, and it will please fans of both Young and Jarmusch.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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