Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead
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The A.V. Club
The brilliance of Long Strange Trip is that Bar-Lev allows for multiple interpretations.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Amir Bar-Lev’s excellent, definitive film on the Haight-Ashbury acid-testers is long – four fly-by hours – but there are very few wasted moments.
It’s all about finding the gems, and Long Strange Trip is a treasure chest.
It has the sprawl and generosity of a good Dead show, yet there’s nothing indulgent about it — it’s an ardent piece of documentary classicism.
Daniel M. Gold
The New York Times
It’s surprising there has never really been an extended cinematic exploration of the band. Long Strange Trip, ambitiously assembled and elegantly directed by Amir Bar-Lev, fills that void.
The film plays like one of the Grateful Dead's seminal concerts: protracted and digressive, yet intricate in its design.
Not only does the film provide an exhaustive account of the band’s rise and fall, but it also clearly articulates their importance in music history, their singular character as a performing entity and even the distinctive nature of their fandom.
The Hollywood Reporter
Long Strange Trip is an affectionate and well-crafted documentary, but it would have benefited from a little more of this emotionally raw material and a little less fawning reverence.
If the story is known, this telling is lusher than any before, the film stuffed with rare archival footage and performance clips. The effect is one of coasting along amid a vast, noisy, variegated parade, vividly rendered. And that works just fine.
Los Angeles Times
Thoughtful, deeply affectionate and concerned more with essence than chronology, it recounts the band’s 30 years in a way that should enlighten diehards as well as the uninitiated.
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