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Based on 13 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A must-see for Pearl Jam fans - and for folks keen on gleaning insights into the pressures that come with megastardom. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Kurt Cobain, TicketMaster and the tragic concert in Roskilde, Denmark, are addressed through plentiful backstage footage. If only it was about something other than rockers almost irked they got famous. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Cameron Crowe's feature documentary is among his most effective and deeply felt work. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Even those more neutral about Pearl Jam will find it impossible not to enjoy director Cameron Crowe's driving retrospective of the band's stage-diving 20 years, at least on some level. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It's a shame that, after nearly 40 years of writing about rock, Cameron Crowe is receptive to the clichés of the genre. show more

  • 63
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Wholly uninterested in puffing up his subjects into an iconic rock outfit on a par with their idols Led Zeppelin and the Who, Crowe instead merely tells their story free from the constraints of rise-fall-rise clichés. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The effort - by Vedder & Co., as well as Crowe - is heroic, if not quite persuasive. Legends aren't made of longevity alone, and while you wouldn't wish Kurt Cobain's pain on anyone, you can't help but feel this band survived well past its meaning. show more

  • 58
    Portland Oregonian

    At its best, Pearl Jam 20 makes a convincing argument that Nirvana wasn't the most iconic band to rise from the grunge scene. Ultimately, however, Crowe's fanboy treatment pushes it into a mosh pit of mediocrity. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    Before viewers learn this venerable ensemble's story, much less see its members rock out on screen, they are subjected to Mr. Crowe's voice-over account of his own early discovery of the Seattle scene. show more

  • 70
    Dana Stevens Slate

    This is a lovingly assembled tribute to the career of a working band that's still very much, to quote the title of its most iconic hit, "Alive." show more

  • September 21, 2011 ek00000000102263
    Report This User

    Great documentary that was full of concert footage, interviews and some very funny moments!

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