Shine a Light (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shine a Light (2008)



Critic Consensus: It may offer little new for fans, but Martin Scorsese's document of the Rolling Stones' electrifying live show should provide satisfaction to audiences.

Movie Info

This Rolling Stones documentary focuses on the two concerts from the group's current "A Bigger Bang" tour and includes scenes from a recent concert in Austin, Texas. It also includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.more
Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language, drug references and smoking)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2008
Box Office: $5.3M
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Critic Reviews for Shine a Light

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (42)

Shine A Light is a masterful concert film, one that will appeal to movie lovers and hardcore Stones admirers alike.

Full Review… | March 1, 2016
Jerusalem Post

Once the Rolling Stones push "Jumpin' Jack Flash's" tempo toward a cliff, Scorsese treats "Shine a Light" like a character piece about artistic give-and-take, not a mere concert film. As long as the Stones are ambulatory, they're ageless.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010

Unanswered question: If this is what Keith Richards' face looks like when he goes on stage, what does he look like when he gets up in the morning?

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
East Bay Express

Note to self: Need more yoga ASAP.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Sparkles like polished ember encasing dinosaur DNA, but Scorsese's best jukeboxes have little use for such reverence

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

It's unfortunate that the unfairest criticism one can level at Shine a Light is arguably the most legitimate as well: it's no Gimme Shelter

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Shine a Light


saw this on an IMAX screen

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The beauty of this musical documentary of the Rolling Stones circa 2006 is that you don't really realize the technical brilliance that goes on behind the scenes; and brilliant it is - seamless editing and whirlwind use of hundred of cameras make this Scorscese effort a joy to watch.

Anything else you may want to say about the film is strictly about performance, and here the Stones give a pretty darned good accounting of themselves, with Mick still Jumping Jack Flash, in perpetual motion while the band chugs along in their loose, "it's only rock and roll" garage band way. What really comes through here is the brilliance of Keith Richard's supporting guitar play. He is such an expert at nailing the backbeat, which is the soul of the Stones sound.

I was also impressed that Charlie Watts - almost 70 I believe, was still bringing it on drums, even at the end of the over 2 hour performance - especially on Brown Sugar.

The cameo appearances are fun, with the Jagger duet with Christine Aguilara especially ripping, though I felt that the jam with Buddy Guy lacked focus (and it was obvious that the band struggled with the odd blues progression).

Marty interspersed the affair with some archival interview footage that was only occasionally enlightening, with the most entertaining bits concerning bandmate statements about longevity from the 60's.

In all - I found this to be entertaining and a true insight into the power of the band - much more intimate than the concert footage from say the Steel Wheels Tour. You don't have to be a Stones fan to dig this - but having an appreciation for music will help.

paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Grandpa's tearing shit up.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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