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Greetings from Tim Buckley


A young Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) struggles to make peace with his late father Tim's legacy while preparing to perform at a tribute concert to the late singer-songwriter, in this stirring drama about the prelude to the tragically short-lived singer's creation of his monumental album Grace.

Actors: Ben Rosenfield , Frank Wood , Norbert Leo Butz , William Sadler , Jessica Stone , Stephen Tyrone Williams , Ilana Levine , Jadyn Douglas , Imogen Poots , Penn Badgley
Directors: Daniel Algrant
Country: USA
Release: 2013-09-05
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Penn Badgley saunters around with an air of spooky self-possession, and he does a dead-on impersonation of Buckley's high-vibrato wail.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Badgley, best known for playing "lonely boy" Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl, is a revelation. He wears his role like a second skin.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Algrant’s film — which he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel — is really about Tim Buckley’s son, Jeff, an equally adventurous rocker whose fame ultimately eclipsed his father’s, though he too died young.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Goss

    Two Buckleys for the price of one, but the real star here is Penn Badgley. Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Dan Algrant’s lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship seen over time, through memory and music, has a sense of urgent originality that works even apart from its great Tim Buckley score.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Director Dan Algrant’s conceit here is to take an actual event – a tribute concert for Tim held at a Brooklyn church in 1991, the concert that sparked Jeff’s own career – and wrap a fictionalized drama around it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Director Daniel Algrant chose well with Badgley, who transcends the rather made-for-TV vibe with a decent rendition of Buckley’s haunting falsetto.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Calum Marsh

    The film articulates this dimension of the story, regrettably, in little more than biopic platitudes and daddy-issue clichés...But it's not all bad. Badgley delivers a nuanced performance of such ferocity he almost singlehandedly makes a conventional film seem loose and improvisatory.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    There is no doubt that Greetings From Tim Buckley is respectful, and thanks to Badgley and Rosenfield, does justice to both singers. But the film never quite connects father and son as each sharing the common bond of extraordinary talent or even similar personal woes.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It’s sweet, sentimental, almost inevitably touching if not especially persuasive, brushing against the thorns in each man’s life without drawing blood.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Nick McCarthy

    Despite the counter-culture subjects at its core, Daniel Algrant's film possesses a put-upon hipness that cannot mask its disarming dorkiness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    The result is at once skillfully observed and a bit so-what.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    With many languid scenes and little narrative momentum, Algrant may have been aiming for a more ethereal father-son heartbreaker. But all that comes across is twee hipster romanticism.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Fear

    Other than an impromptu spectacle in a downtown record store, little of the chops and charisma Buckley fils had in spades is channeled; this is still the usual Let Us Now Praise Famous Men karaoke session, wrapped up in some extra-discordantly warbled notes.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jim Farber

    For all the star’s efforts, the movie itself ends up little more than an exploitation item, a sad place-holder until the real thing comes along.

    New York Daily News Full Review