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Almost Famous

Almost Famous

2000
Romance
Drama
2h 2m
William Miller is a 15 year old kid, hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with, and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming of age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo. (imdb)
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Almost Famous

2000
Romance
Drama
2h 2m
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Rated 28 Apr 2020
82
81st
The last of a string of modern classics from Crowe, this one is absolutely loaded with talent, even including one of my favorite musicians as a band member. Its got great music, iconic scenes, and a universal nostalgic feeling translated for every generation.
Rated 04 Apr 2010
83
67th
Romanticises the rock star lifestyle without being fooled by it for a second. The autobiographical nature of it just makes it all the more fun and charming.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
99
99th
A heartwarming, realistic look inside the life of a young boy on tour with Stillwater as Rolling Stone's youngest journalist. It is writer/director Cameron Crowe's autobiography so it guarantees accuracy and another guarantee is a knockout soundtrack just as in any of his films.
Rated 12 Nov 2011
56
42nd
A pure heart in the middle of a tiring, sweet uninspired movie about boring music and essence. "you're free of M O M !"
Rated 20 Mar 2011
30
23rd
He gets told to not make friends but goes ahead and likes these (incredibly unlikeable) rock stars omggggg drama Boring and a rehash of a bunch of other films, most of which suck too. Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll! etcetc
Rated 21 Dec 2008
5
56th
The emptiness of the lifestyle was done convincingly and it was ultimately engaging, but I just didn't care. Too many cliches and ridiculously extreme characters (McDormand's) or scenes (The plane "crash" scene).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
I'm sure this got some great hype from hippy/stoner fans, but I usually find hippy/stoner movies pretty boring. This one was slow paced at times, but very well acted and written. One of those movies where you feel part of it instead of just tagging along.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
99
95th
One of my favourites and one of the films you watch whenever you feel lonely. Never fell in love with a movie character as strongly as with Kate Hudson here. And the bus scene with "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John is just one of the most satisfying scenes in movie history.
Rated 10 Oct 2019
70
52nd
It's a fun hangout film. Billy Crudup is too handsome. It shouldn't be allowed.
Rated 02 Apr 2007
80
68th
A reminder to all of us of how musicians are dumb and their fans are even dumber
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
98th
I watched this again recently and I remembered that it's actually one of my favourite films ever. The music, the people, the story, the connection between people, the coming-of-age... It's all so good. The directors cut is an absolute masterpiece. And the Tiny Dancer scene is just incredible.
Rated 29 Jul 2008
94
99th
It is one of the best love stories of all time with the love interest being music. It is an ode to the beauty and power of music. It is also a great bildungsroman, maybe one of the best. I doubt Kate Hudson will ever be this moving again.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
Pretty much the only time I've ever not hated Kate Hudson!
Rated 07 Mar 2010
3
45th
Sensational and wrapped a little too neatly, but still very entertaining and touching. Nostalgia is one of the strongest emotions, and this film evokes it to great effect.
Rated 24 Jul 2010
26
17th
I hate all the characters in this movie, especially the ones I was supposed to like.
Rated 27 Feb 2015
19
20th
Sweet, but painfully uninteresting and insubstantial.
Rated 24 Jan 2016
7
63rd
In light of the quick and witty opening (Deschanel and McDormand have great mom-daughter chemistry) and satisfying end ("There's still hope for you") the middle feels a bit messy and tonally inconsistent (the airplane scene was hilarious but could have been a great serious moment), but probably appropriately so, given the film's coming-of-age plot and wild rock 'n roll tour setting. Themes of love, integrity, and fame pop in and out of the busy script-interesting, but not always fully impacting.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
85
70th
Crowe at the top of his game. Meaningful, well crafted and entertaining.
Rated 26 Dec 2008
77
54th
A really good look at the rock star methos, and from an interestingly human perspective. Really enlightening and enjoyable for rock and roll fans, with a good cast and terrific script. A must-see for music fans (or movie fans).
Rated 19 Nov 2010
65
42nd
"Almost Famous", essentially a story about good-looking people getting high on DHARMA vans, serves for energetic coming-of-age tale, featuring stellar performances (I love McDormand's wackiness in particular) and amazing music. However, if you extract the songs, you aren't left with much more than a bunch of unbelievable hipsters for characters and a rather pedestrian plot. Despite great monents, the problem is that it's just too cute for its own good and madly in love with its own smartness.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
85
83rd
Pleasant surprise. This is not a kind of movie I usually watch.
Rated 19 Apr 2010
65
20th
I know everyone loves this movie, but I remember being left with a sort of grimy feeling after watching it every time. It has been years, but I remember being especially put off by the insistence to corrupt the kid- supposedly a glorious scene. I really wouldn't even want to be friends with any of the characters if I met them in real life. Maybe I just don't get the appeal of being a groupie-sacrificing meaningful interactions just to feel close to someone else's fame? Looks so unfulfilling.
Rated 14 Mar 2014
70
74th
It does a good job of romanticizing and charming classic rock music, and i don't mean that in a bad way. It has an exciting feel to it, but it does take it's time. I though it was a bit slow and a bit too long, but I watched with pleasure.
Rated 16 Dec 2008
72
13th
Schmaltzy feel good rock n roll movie? Yep. Not a terrible movie, just a very...antiseptic movie, particularly considering the subject matter. Well made, but toothless exercise in singing along to the 70's rock scene.
Rated 19 Aug 2012
97
92nd
It's a delightful, immersive, movie, in which, everyone - not just the young people - goes on a bit of a voyage of self discovery. The performances are brilliantly pitched; the characters are well-drawn; the writing is witty. The only thing that could be construed as a negative is that Crowe's direction lacks individuality, but does that really matter?
Rated 09 Apr 2009
8
78th
A film filled with larger than life characters, played exceedingly well by every actor involved. Newcomer Patrick Fugit adds a lot of life this lovable and compelling coming of age film. I hope to see the director's cut one day.
Rated 19 Jun 2021
69
35th
Terrible and amazing. I know this is autobiographical of someone who seemed to have awesome teen years, but it still feels false and abbreviated. And the main dude just seemed alien (and asexual, apparently), at times playing up the smug kid role. But there's undeniable cinematic power occurring here and there, where you get more involved with the band's story rather than this weird journo kid with a tape recorder.
Rated 02 Jul 2007
85
76th
Almost Famous has a cool, mostly well-acted, and, as far as I know, realistic story. It's similarities to writer/director Cameron Crowe's own life only make it cooler. Really good!
Rated 18 May 2007
50
23rd
Almost good.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
84
95th
Overall Crowes strongest film, entertaining with many memorable moments and a great soundtrack. Comes off a little sappy at times, but it's still effective. Hudson is tolerable for the first time in history and it boggles my mind to think of this kid Cameron Crowe touring with Zeppelin etc.
Rated 02 Aug 2014
35
30th
Technically this is of interest, and it certainly does capture some of the mood of the 1970s, but ultimately it is a tiresome rehearsal of some traditional themes about coming of age.
Rated 16 Nov 2014
85
86th
This movie is pure pleasure and very straight forward. It's generally about rock and roll and more specifically about "the scene", what goes on behind the stage with all the unspoken rules that loom overhead. My only complaint is that Crowe kind of watered down how dark that lifestyle can become, although he is reflecting back on a time when his innocence was still in tact. It's a wonderful little story but one we've become accustomed to by the year 2000 - Sex, drugs and rock n roll. WooOOO!!!
Rated 04 Feb 2012
85
73rd
aka, The Michael Cera Movie Without the Michael Cera.
Rated 16 Dec 2016
94
90th
In this movie Philip Seymour Hoffman made me feel good about being not cool. RIP.
Rated 28 May 2014
60
7th
bulls
Rated 08 Apr 2009
76
43rd
Almost interesting.
Rated 31 Dec 2018
74
82nd
It's cheesy as hell but it also possesses a sense of honesty and charm. A lot of scenes are hit or miss - The airport scene and general romance were pretty lame. On the other hand, the plane crash scene was great and I liked the theme of self-reflection the film plays with. It's an interesting film in the sense that it isn't about the music or the artists so much as it is the people around them, even if perhaps the film plays this up in an overly maudlin way. A good but not amazing film.
Rated 22 Feb 2011
80
68th
Can we be honest here for a second? Yes, I liked Almost Famous, but it 'aint all that. It's all about finding yourself and growing and love of music, which I'm all for, but it's fairly conventional. Are we supposed to find the budding romance between Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson compelling or interesting? I found it unbelievable. Is the idea that they shared some initial spark of fandom and they connect over that? They had zero chemistry. I don't get it. But listen, the movie's still good.
Rated 03 Oct 2017
60
19th
This film is great, if you don't watch the directors cut. Unfortunately that's the first cut I saw, and my overall viewpoint is tainted, but great performances do make up the difference here.
Rated 26 Jan 2019
83
87th
Almost Famous brilliantly depicts the inevitable rift between art and the critique thereof, while also paying tribute to the era of '70s rock and roll. It cuts back on character development in exchange for the more experiential treatment, which seems to (mostly) work. It helps that the cast uplifts it by giving each character their own personal touch.
Rated 27 Jan 2008
50
7th
Outrageously overrated.
Rated 29 Jun 2008
88
85th
A nice movie that avoids being too cliche.
Rated 27 Dec 2014
37
12th
I just didn't care.
Rated 21 Aug 2008
80
74th
Went a bit Hollywood toward the end there. But a generally absorbing chronicle (as they say). Featuring perhaps the funniest near-planecrash you'll ever see. Captures the up-close pandemonium of that whole 70s scene nicely. Among the acting standouts: Hoffman, McDormand and (especially) the lead-singer guy. Don't know how in the world they afforded all those Led Zeppelin songs!
Rated 13 Feb 2012
85
94th
It's a little cheesy at times, but it's got laughs, drama, heart, and fun in equal measure. A wonderfully balanced film that brings the audience into William's world and share his passion for the music industry, with all its ups and downs. Can't help but love the rock nostalgia of it all, too
Rated 16 Dec 2007
69
12th
Overrated. Though I'll give it points for having a decent soundtrack.
Rated 02 Apr 2021
40
6th
Over contrived nostalgia-baiting, schlock that harks back to a bygone era while sanitizing about 80% of what actually went on (like all nostalgia does). It's like Gerber banana pudding for wannabe hip white people. Hoffman criminally underused in his supporting role. Lone bright spot is the frazzled Frances McDormand as an overbearing mom. I wish it was all about the music, but it's really about self-serving platitudes about love, growing up and being "cool'.
Rated 25 Aug 2008
65
15th
Typical overlong, overwrought Cameron Crowe storytelling. The director is bound and determined to force his love of pop music culture on to his viewers, and this thin tale does little to bring anything new to the table.
Rated 10 May 2017
70
56th
Leaned a little to hard into the Patrick Fugit coming of age story for my liking but it's fine.
Rated 09 Feb 2016
71
53rd
You can tell that Crowe was obviously passionate about this project and threw everything he could at it, which is both good and bad in the same way as Spike Lee's baggier, more personal films. There's no question that it has one of the best casts in film history (up to and including unlikely figures like Marc Maron and Mitch Hedberg) and it's certainly emotionally resonant, but it doesn't always work, and I wouldn't have liked it as much if the girl who recommended it to me wasn't so attractive.
Rated 02 Apr 2014
83
70th
The characters feel so "real", to quote Russell Hammond. You can really connect with the band, get drawn in by their charisma but also understand their weaknesses. You fall for Penny Lane, the ditzy groupie who is unwittingly used, and explore the world with William, the mama's boy. The music is perfect. The tiny dancer bus scene shows what music can do. - 4/1/14
Rated 21 Feb 2008
82
77th
Great music in this film. Its a good depiction of how things were going in rock and roll at that time. At least that's what I was left thinking.
Rated 27 Apr 2015
0
10th
junk.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
69
26th
"coming of age" story of an american kid and rock journalist wannabe in the heydey of american rock (the 70s). little too sappy and mainstream. typical of cameron crowe (jerry maguire) with love, ambition and a little teen angst thrown in for good measure.
Rated 27 May 2011
92
93rd
Well, I might be overrating this quite a bit, but I'm just a sucker for this movie. The characters, the plot, the soundtrack, everything about this movie is great. The charactersation of Stillwater as a self-rightous rockband who have no idea what's going on the world around them is just fantastically well done. "I'd rather die than be in Rolling Stone... but it would be nice to be on the cover though."
Rated 12 Jun 2016
90
78th
Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous delivers as a coming-of-age story and excels as a movie about rock and roll.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
58th
An awfully nice occasionally repetitive nostalgia piece with such amazingly cute & young leads looking meaningfully at things, it is impossible not to enjoy. Shimmeringly romantic, with surprisingly little drama.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
65
48th
Kate Hudson: Blue jean baby. L.A. lady. Seamstress for the band.
Rated 10 Nov 2013
41
3rd
I couldn't wait for the movie to finish. At 2 hrs 41 mins its way too long. And there's something American about the movie, I mean you have to be an American to appreciate it. You also probably need to be into the whole rock-and-roll culture thing else you will just find the movie a sham and a stretch.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
65
30th
There's something about Crowe's movies -- his characters, the way he uses music, his general style -- that I find off-putting. And I don't think he has the directorial skill required to do a lot of the stuff he tries to do; P.T. Anderson does this kind of stuff much better. This is not a bad movie, but it doesn't work very well for me.
Rated 07 Feb 2009
92
93rd
captures that time in music masterfully
Rated 20 Oct 2010
20
41st
"A nostalgia factory of popular music that is less a movie than it is a vehicle for baby boomer reminiscence." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 21 Feb 2011
75
81st
Although the premise is pretty ridiculous, and penny lane's gotta be one of the most obnoxious characters ever written, this has just enough charming and fun moments to redeem itself. Hoffman rules every scene he's in as the disenchanting voice of reason, but altogether, the movie goes pretty easy on the industry. Nevertheless, an enjoyable, competently done "ride along" with a great score.
Rated 22 Mar 2014
95
96th
Admittedly, I would love my career arc to follow that of Cameron Crowe, so I was destined to love this.
Rated 07 Nov 2014
36
36th
I really wanted to love this film but could not. The scene in the airplane when they were about to die was hilarious - but overall the plot did not hang.
Rated 19 Mar 2018
89
72nd
Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era.
Rated 20 Jul 2011
85
72nd
Cameron Crowe's valentine to 70s rock gets off to a shaky start (Zooey Deschanel at her most irritating), but when the story advances to 1973 and our hero, William Miller (Patrick Fugit, excellent) wrangles an assignment covering the nationwide tour of the band Stillwater, it finds its feet. Good acting (although in retrospect Kate Hudson's performance was perhaps a touch overhyped), great music, and a good, Oscar-winning script, the occasionally uneasy balance of farce and reality aside.
Rated 08 Jun 2007
70
57th
While it's an entertaining ride, with interesting and well acted characters, something about this film just doesn't engage me. Perhaps it's because the film itself is so firmly locked into a time period that it works best as a retrospective for people who actually experienced it, I don't know.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
94th
I'd give the theatrical version a solid 75-80, but the absolutely fantastic Director's Cut pushes that up a bit.
Rated 03 Oct 2010
80
89th
Bring out your camping gear, this is a loooong film.
Rated 23 Jul 2020
86
39th
I had an almost famous experience myself. Makes the movie less impressive.
Rated 11 Nov 2007
100
90th
Fantastic movie, one that I could watch over and over again and fall in love with every time. Great characters delivered with believable performances, especially by Kate Hudson. Cameron Crowe writes and directs a perfect story of sex, drugs, rock n' roll, and life on the road. The scene where the characters sing along to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" is particularly enjoyable.
Rated 08 Jan 2007
98
98th
A wonderful movie all around.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
68
18th
Wow, was this a letdown. The Summary here says it's "wondefully witty", but I'd say it managed to make the glorious excesses of the mid-70s rock scene seem pretty damn boring.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
95
97th
Unforgettable actings, for who likes rock and movies like me. Still Water, the best fake band.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
83
67th
A nice coming-of-age sort of story that delves into rock n' roll and the lifestyles of its stars. The main story arch between the writer and rock star is nice, but I really didn't understand the purpose of Kate Hudson's groupie character - she never develops into a real character, despite being featured throughout the movie and having many plot points to develop on. The ending is also disappointingly deus-ex'd into a disney happy conclusion
Rated 21 Aug 2014
60
14th
ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz...
Rated 27 Mar 2024
70
39th
Rated 19 Jul 2009
88
96th
I wanna be Almost famous
Rated 06 Dec 2008
7
59th
Great film describing the life on the road with a band that may be too famous for their own good.
Rated 15 Jan 2007
70
25th
Phillip Seymour Hoffman does more charity work in this film, which mainly seems to be dedicated to Kate Hudson making cutesy faces, trying vainly to imitate her mother, who is actually cute.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
90
88th
Excellent movie
Rated 28 Aug 2012
90
70th
i cried and i laughed. great story and great cast
Rated 24 Nov 2008
100
95th
Classic the Bus scene with Tiny Dancer is perfect
Rated 21 Jan 2013
80
89th
Almost Famous is a very good movie, in large part because of the way it captures the look and feel of the 1970s. Its plot stumbles around a little, and a bit more conflict would have been to everyone's benefit, but even during those slow times, you can sit back and lose yourself in the experience. It's immersive, an easy watch, and contains enough characters and relationships to always give you something to think about.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
91st
William has my dream life! Plus he gets to be friends with Lester Bangs, who is literally my god, as in object of worship.
Rated 26 Dec 2010
90
79th
great atmosphere
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
Interesting behind the look at the life of a groupie.
Rated 14 Oct 2011
95
97th
Just rewatched this film and I had completely forgotten how good Kate Hudson was. Shame on her for the decade long career of garbage that followed. She is the definition wasting talent personified.
Rated 13 Feb 2007
70
56th
The lion's share of credit goes to writer-director Crowe for his vivid recollections and amalgamation of experiences to produce a very satisfying and entertaining film.
Rated 29 Mar 2024
70
37th
Rated 10 Jun 2009
74
75th
Who wouldn't want to be this kid?! PSH cameos to perfection once again.
Rated 27 Oct 2013
84
85th
Inspiring, entertaining and very enjoyable movie.
Rated 18 Sep 2007
85
91st
Some funny stuff, some touching stuff. Enjoyable.
Rated 12 Jun 2023
72
64th
This film has such moods and a very deep story with a lot of concepts that are not always popular in movies. The unrequited love triangle (that is never entirely solved) was a nice thing to witness in a movie because too often these just get a quick and happy resolution. I really loved the one in the airplane (Lynyrd Skynyrd reference) and all the general passion for music. It was just a bit too long for the story, though, and could have done away with some scenes.
Rated 07 Apr 2014
97
65th
A great coming of age story coupled with complex and interesting characters plus a great soundtrack makes this a great film. Almost Famous is just a great film and worth checking out.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
85
90th
yönetmen kurgusu: cıvımadan hafif, şeytanlaştırmadan iğneleyici olmayı başaran tonu ve nihayetinde feel-good'a zarifçe çıkan tavrıyla kullandığı klişelerin yer yer bunaltmasını da diğer eksiklerini de kapatıyor. bunaltıcı bir gişe filmi curcunası beklerken sürpriz biçimde samimi, sıcak ve ekseriyetle keşfedilmiş alanlarda belli ölçüde derinlik bulmak, her alışılmış manevrasına rağmen hayran bıraktırdı.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
75
47th
Quirky, but overrated.
Rated 06 Jun 2013
80
77th
This was an interesting movie about the time period. Sure, I have heard similar stories before, but the plot is a fantastic one and resonates as a coming of age story
Rated 15 May 2008
85
72nd
I am a golden god!

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