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Taking Woodstock

HD   R Closed Captioning

Ang Lee

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About the Movie

Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee tells the story of the Greenwich Village interior designer who inadvertently helped to spark a cultural revolution by offering the organizers of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival boarding at his family's Catskills motel. The year is 1969. Change is brewing in America, and the energy in Greenwich Village is palpable. Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) is working as an interior designer when he discovers that a high-profile concert has recently lost its permit from the nearby town of Wallkill, NY. Emboldened by the burgeoning gay rights movement yet still tied to tradition in the form of the family business — a Catskills motel called the El Monaco — Tiber phones producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures and offers boarding to the harried concert crew. Later, as the Woodstock Ventures staff begans arriving in droves, half a million concertgoers make their way to Max Yasgur's (Eugene Levy) adjacent farm in White Lake, NJ, to witness the counterculture celebration that would ultimately make history as one of the greatest events in the annals of rock & roll. Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, and Paul Dano co-star.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 182
  • Fresh: 88
  • Rotten: 94
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Lee's first total miscalculation, his first wholly inessential film. – Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's harmless enough as a snapshot of a young man's awakening to the grand possibilities of adult life, but not particularly effective at capturing the spirit, the thrill or even the mud of this culturally monumental event. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Some will call his Woodstock naive, but that's what he intends: the movie is a sweet, anecdotal, comic embrace, a gentle reminder that it was once possible to overcome the cynicism of the times and believe that "the flow" leads in a benign direction. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 6, 2018

Fresh: This is very light material, and, unusually for a Lee picture, not everybody in the ensemble appears to be acting in the same universe, let alone the same story. On the other hand: It's fun. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Man woodstock was 40 years ago it felt like 10 minutes ago

Lame- don't waste your time

I couldn't wait to see this movie, too bad it turned out to be so lame. I didn't care to see Woodstock thru the eyes of the guy who supposedly brought this concert to Woodstock. And top it off, director Ang Lee has him go all Brokeback Mountain in a couple of the scenes. Rent the orginal Woodstock movie that came out almost 40 years ago-way better.

Hate me, but..

How much nudity is in this?? Only reason i'd watch. Tell me nudity. I wanna kno male or female-how much

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