Much more generous review in the current issue of 'Sight & Sound' (June 2013). Says that the film sometimes feels 'slight' due to an emphasis on concert footage & celebration of the comeback (rather than exploring inter-band conflict; Reni being a "cunt" etc.), but they summarise the film thus:
"Avoiding sheer hagiography, Shane Meadows makes it his task as a Roses devotee to capture the atmosphere of expectation and catharsis, producing a documentary which is more loveably shaggy and real than the recent Rolling Stones equivalent"
Which sounds good to me. (Didn't they famously turn down the chance to support the Rolling Stones on tour, saying "they should be supporting us"?)
Any Reviews that are out at the moment are based on the finished edit, but an ungraded and unmixed version. Which on most of my films, isn't a huge dealbreaker, but on this project, the sound in particular is a huge part of the viewing experience for obvious reasons. What the press saw, was good, don't get me wrong, but hearing it now, mixed in Dolby 5.1 and using all the tracks from the desk (20-30 rather than 2) it really enhances the whole experience.
I didn't want to show the film before we mixed/graded it, but it is one of those necessary evils that can't be avoided when you are releasing so close to the end of post production. If you want quotes to use on your posters, trailers etc, you have to screen it. Saying that, I know we have some corking reviews coming from the exact same press screenings so it probably wouldn't convert a hater into a fan, but as a director, you can't help but wish they'd seen it finished.