Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)



Critic Consensus: Brutally honest and utterly compelling, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me offers a riveting, vanity-free portrait of its legendary subject while offering a few essential truths about the human condition.

Movie Info

Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Special Interest
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2014
Box Office: $0.3M
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Critic Reviews for Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (30)

Chiemi Karasawa deserves all the credit in the world for the intimate and hilarious portrait that is Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a sparkling cocktail of music and memoir. On the other hand, she didn't exactly have to drag her subject out of her shell.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Top Critic

[A] feisty portrait of the musical-theater legend.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

"Elaine Stritch" is filled with bluster and memories, blunt outbursts and funny moments. But more importantly, it is filled with honesty.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

Elaine Stritch's strength, along with the film's, comes from her honesty. She is herself, even when - maybe especially when - she knows she's being watched.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

What a tough, difficult, talented old broad.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Really, the experience of "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is the experience of being in Stritch's company for 80 minutes, and that's fine. Still I doubt anyone will walk out of this film wishing it were 10 minutes longer.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me


"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" is a cautionary tale about meeting one's hero lest they tell you about the time they had their first orgasm, while acting in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' on stage.(John Turturro looks stunned but I'm pretty sure he's okay.) That kind of tells you the kind of person Elaine Stritch is, aside from being a legendary actor and singer who is a long, long way from being a convent girl in the suburbs of Detroit.

The documentary follows her around as she quickly approaches her 87th birthday while looking back periodically and fearing the future, as she copes with the infirmities of old age, along with diabetes and alcoholism. However, that does not stop her from working or from being as feisty or funny as ever.

Walter M.

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