Shine a Light Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 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?
Rob Nelson
minnpost.com
September 1, 2009
Note to self: Need more yoga ASAP.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Sparkles like polished ember encasing dinosaur DNA, but Scorsese's best jukeboxes have little use for such reverence
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 18, 2008
More than a concert film, Scorsese's Shine a Light not only throws yet another spotlight on the rockers but also carves out a story to pay tribute to the "Satisfaction" musicians.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 4, 2008
A whirlwind demo of technical proficiency. It's recommendable on camera choreography and seamless editing alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
July 28, 2008
Even an average performance by the Rolling Stones isn't boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 14, 2008
...an exhilarating and wholly engrossing event.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
June 29, 2008
mia hliara entyposiaki, minimalistiki binteoskopisi mias hliara apolaystikis synaylias, poy se fernei arketa prosopo me prosopo me ton Jagger, ton Richards kai t' alla paidia, oste na moiazei me kati poy tha mporoyse na ehei skinothetisei o Romero, kai se
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 12, 2008
But the success of this documentary may ultimately qualify as faint praise since what it really confirms is that rock 'n' roll's greatest glories happened 40 years ago...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
I had a great time, and if you are actually a Stones fan, then you'll love it even more than I did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
June 8, 2008
It's hard to imagine, I know, but Shine A Light gives us the Rolling Stones in a fresh way.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
June 8, 2008
Shine a Light reinvigorates a slightly tired genre with an extraordinarily light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Bartlett
Sunday Mail (Australia)
June 7, 2008
What this film delivers is a close-up of the band doing something they clearly love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
This is basically a concert film, but when the band is the Stones and the director is Scorsese, it is a fantastic concert film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 4, 2008
Shine a Light is at once an ode to [Scorsese's] longtime muses, a look at the arc of their career, and a rollicking concert film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Evan Williams
The Australian
May 30, 2008
As a concert film it's among the best: intimately shot, smoothly edited, endlessly involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
May 29, 2008
Shine A Light is pure rock'n'roll nirvana, standing mightily as one of the truly great concert films.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 28, 2008
It is stupendously filmed and, as edited by David Tedeschi over nine months, really captures the energy and spirit of the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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