Rolling Stone (p.180) - 3 stars out of 5 - "In Dead lore, it's notable primarily for a forty-four-minute 'Dark Star suite..."Dirty Linen (p.85) - "[The album] captures the 1972 Grateful Dead on a very good night and, thanks to 16-track master recordings and fine mixing by Jeffrey Norman, in spectacular audio quality."Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he set offers superb sound and enough bright moments to make it a welcome addition to the band's live canon."
Rolling Stone (12/15/94, p.95) - 3.5 Stars - Good - "...While Anderson's live work has grown increasingly political, on this album she emphasizes emotional burnout....Anderson might be awash in the bright red spilled by friends and foes, but she has survived..."Entertainment Weekly (9/9/94, p.84) - "...The album is best when Anderson forsakes her ironic shtick and confronts the heavy stuff--life, death, and memory's fleeting nature..." - Rating: BQ (10/94, p.105) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The outcome is her best musical venture since her superb BIG SCIENCE debut..."Down Beat (1/95, p.45) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...Laurie Anderson plays by the rules of her own imagination....She offers lots to muse upon in her song-spoken word pieces that are at turns cryptically cerebral, whimsically cute, cooly pensive, and provocatively mysterious..."Option (4-5/95, p.91) - "...has moments of full-on theatrics, with gaudy instrumentation and rich vocals....seldom melodic in the traditional sense. Rather, she conveys the music through speech, song and pulsing rhythmics that are combined to suggest songs..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...A spare, chilling collection of apocalyptic fables that demands attentive listening."
"[W]atching it feels downright nostalgic...thanks to a combination of funny struggles and soapy moments..." Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly (11/25/94, p.78) - "...subtler and more challenging than much of what he recorded with others..." - Rating: B+Down Beat (12/94, p.60) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...a bright, engaging, and, at moments, powerful program....Exposure to unrelenting ability may persuade us that facility is an enemy--but Joe and Chick each love what the other is doing and so do the deep, quick rhythmists..."JazzTimes (12/94, p.135) - "...lives up to its potential....a very solid session showing off some of the finest players anywhere. All have an abstract bent, and each is idiosyncratic in his own way....truly a marvel....the essence of live jazz..."
"[T]here are moments when the film invokes the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart's Jefferson Smith and George Bailey." Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "One of those films that can't help but put a smile on your face....Saved by a warm performance from Latifah." Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "There are several moments in Judge and Etan Cohen's script so hysterically funny, and the satire on display is so rudely on-target at times, that IDIOCRACY demands attention."Box Office "It's sort of BRAVE NEW WORLD crossed with BRITNEY & KEVIN: CHAOTIC..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly 3 stars out of 4 -- "It's the stuff cult legends are made of..."Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "[An] unhinged satire....It's entertaining stuff..."Ultimate DVD
"THE CHORUS is a better film than any of its natural antecedents, partly thanks to the irresistible, naturalistic performances of a terrific young cast."Uncut "[C]haracters are well drawn in every sense....Headmaster Rachin is a particularly compelling figure, providing moments of comedy and tension in equal measure..."Sight and Sound "[A]n enchantingly beautiful and moving film..."USA Today