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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    All the requisite talking heads pop up - Dylan, Springsteen, Baez - but it is Seeger himself who towers over the landscape. The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's a tribute to both the subject and his biographer that this story of one man's experience is also a vital chronicle of the times in which he's lived. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    With access to remarkable archival footage, old TV shows, home movies and the family photo album, Brown weaves together the story of the Seegers with testimony by admirers who represent his influence and legacy. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    So there's a hole at the center of "Pete Seeger" that the movie fills with loving remembrances, testimonials, and new interview footage of the singer at his hand-built cabin in upstate New York. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Between clips of the concerts Seeger staged as hootenanny hosannas, the film chronicles how the blacklisted star stuck true to his beliefs -- which were more patriotic than those of his accusers. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    Like a picture postcard vision of his life and work: absolutely accurate as far as it goes but not too keen on looking too close for fear of uncovering anything untoward. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Director Brown has made a career of chronicling the history of American folk music, and Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a worthy companion piece to his 1982 debut, "The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time?" show more

  • 100
    Variety

    As certain to get auds singing as the man himself, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 1940s. Always enjoyable, this docu proves that a few rare people actually deserve the hagiography treatment. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    As the latest tribute -- Jim Brown’s loving documentary, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song -- makes clear, he’s still busy, still angry, still hopeful, still singing. show more

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