Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

critic Reviews

, 91% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Like the music showcased by the titular festival, Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story incorporates a long list of rich, colorful ingredients -- and truly comes alive onstage.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    The kind of electric, spirit-lifting music documentary that will make you want to reinvent your life so that you can live your entire existence in the heart of Louisiana.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The festival is an institution that had to survive, that had to come roaring back, and "Jazz Fest" makes the case for its next 50 years going forward.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    The energy that the film puts out is vital and full of sap.
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    The history and commentary are fine, but the musical numbers are sensational.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    A rollicking, heartfelt shout-out to (and glorified tourism ad for) a cherished fairground blowout that has long buoyed a routinely troubled city.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    The movie is conscientiously attentive to the festival’s homegrown eclecticism.
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    Al AlexanderThe Patriot Ledger
    There’s much to enjoy, provided you don’t mind your tunes and grub ladled in propaganda.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    A noble presumption underlies this somewhat scattered and perhaps over-reaching film: The world needs a place where musical approaches mix, mingle, and inform one another.
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    Frank WilkinsReel Reviews
    You smell and taste Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story
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    Mike ScottTimes-Picayune
    Deftly summoning the myriad flavors and cultures one gets when walking the Fair Grounds during those two peerless springtime weekends, “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” is the definitive Jazz Fest documentary we’ve been waiting for.
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