Western Stars

Release Date: October 25th, 2019

PG |1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Springsteen's first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West-both the mythic and the hardscrabble-weaving archival footage and Springsteen's personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.

Cast: Bruce Springsteen , Patti Scialfa

Director: Bruce Springsteen , Thom Zimny

Genres: Documentary , Live Concert

Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A gorgeous tone poem that both deepens and personalizes the audio recording, creating a satisfying emotional arc that isn’t as apparent in the collection of 13 fully-orchestrated country-tinged songs. show more

  • 90
    Steve PondTheWrap

    Western Stars goes far deeper than the usual performance document, to sensitively explore what he sees as the state of his, and our, lives. It’s a ruminative, almost elegiac look at Springsteen’s life and career, filled with moments of uncommon beauty that makes it of a piece with this latest, most introspective phase of his career. show more

  • 90
    Mike RyanUproxx

    Don’t go into Western Stars expecting to see The Boss. That guy is on a break. What we get instead is Bruce Springsteen, a human being who seems a lot less sure of himself than The Boss ever did. Springsteen’s book gave us some details, but Western Stars looks straight into his soul. show more

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