Live From New York!
Live From New York! (2015)

Saturday Night Live has been reflecting and influencing the American Story for 40 years. Live From New York! explores the show's early years, an experiment from a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 12, 2015
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Light on detail and insight, Live from New York! offers little that SNL fans haven't seen in any of the show's various retrospective specials.

Jason Bailey

It isn't just a rehash of the same old stories and clips. It's a stylish and entertaining examination of why it's still on the air, 40 years on - and why we're still talking about it.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

As infomercials go, the doc is funnier than a Sham-Wow! spot, but it's still an infomercial.

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Michael J. Casey
Boulder Weekly

Still crazy after all these years.

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Aisha Harris

It's refreshing to see a retrospective of the show that's not bogged down by overly detailed timelines and the desire to wax nostalgic.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

If you simply love the show, and want a movie about how it has reflected - and, rarely, helped change - attitudes about sex, gender and race, then "Live From New York!" may fit the bill.

Josh Goller
Spectrum Culture

Live from New York! feels completely like a Lorne Michaels vanity project.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Nguyen does fine work illustrating how SNL went from the ultimate outsider show to the ultimate institution, stopping along the way to touch briefly on controversies .

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's too cursory, too frivolous to make a case for the show's importance as an American institution, even though it insists on it.

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Daniel Barnes
Dare Daniel

Anti-establishment hepcats like Bill O'Reilly and Al Gore attest to the show's enduring satirical relevance, while every hard-hitting question about institutionalized racism and sexism comes with a readymade apologia and a perfectly cherry-picked clip.

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