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Long Strange Trip

United States
Documentary | Music Documentary
The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Daniel M. Gold
The New York Times
"Ambitiously assembled and elegantly directed by Amir Bar-Lev (...) The film is neither comprehensive nor definitive."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"Amir Bar-Lev's epic chronicle is good enough to captivate nonbelievers (...) An ardent piece of documentary classicism"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
"Thoughtful, deeply affectionate and concerned more with essence than chronology (...) A work of monumental research and masterfully layered audio and visuals"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Julia Raeside
The Guardian
"[A] rich rock doc (...) My Grateful Dead knowledge is limited, and the first episode did nothing to grab me by the throat and urge me to find out more. But I’m glad I persisted."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Noel Murray
AV Club
"The magnificent 'Long Strange Trip' captures the splendor and folly of the Grateful Dead (...) Bar-Lev understands how the little things matter."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
"'Long Strange Trip' also provides a detailed primer for curious rock fans who never bought into the cult around the band (...) An affectionate and well-crafted documentary"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Fear
Rolling Stone
"[A] heartbreaking tribute (...) The movie nails the push-pull tension that made these guys such a majestic music-making mess"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Wes Greene
"It plays like one of the Grateful Dead's seminal concerts: protracted and digressive, yet intricate in its design (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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