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Shine a Light Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2008
The effect was intense and overwhelming, but I mean that in a good way.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 7, 2008
At times, the cutting shifts from the hasty to the impatient to the borderline epileptic, and, while never doubting Scorsese's ardor for the Stones, I got the distinct impression of a style in search of a subject.
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Elysa Gardner
USA Today
April 4, 2008
The genius of Scorsese's film, which is being shown in IMAX in 93 theaters, is that it reveals the Stones' mortality while celebrating all that makes them more than mere mortals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 4, 2008
It's showbiz, after all. And the band still rocks like none other, true to their creed that if their adored blues masters can play into their dotage, then so can they.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 4, 2008
Close-ups detail the etched faces of the Stones, but they've never seemed more ageless. Their music and spirit are still brash and youthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2008
He brings all his skills as a filmmaker to the film, but Scorsese did not achieve the monumental dimensions of his movie from cinematic savoir faire. Shine a Light is huge because the Stones are giants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2008
Scorsese captures the Stones at their ancient, un-ironic best, bluesy showmen who leave it all on the stage every night, never for a moment letting on that they're playing, for the 10,000th time, 40-year-old hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 4, 2008
Amazingly, Jagger turns 65 in July. And although his face is carved with lines, his stage act hasn't changed much since the band played Madison Square Garden nearly 40 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 4, 2008
The movie easily beats paying $250 to experience the Bones in person; you can see everything without having to stand up, and the sound at a multiplex is far better than any arena.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 4, 2008
Regardless of age, they can still rip this joint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 4, 2008
The singer's energy remains awe-inspiring: He flails his sinewy limbs around the stage like a man possessed, and there isn't a single song in the show that he doesn't invest himself in whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 4, 2008
The music's insistent richness builds and builds, its sound becoming so deep and persuasive that qualms about age fade and the rhythms carry us away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2008
What he has created, inadvertently, is an invaluable documentation of semi-fossilized Stones -- musicologists may like it, sociologists should love it and, some distant day, anthropologists will treasure it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 4, 2008
This is how great rock and roll was meant to be filmed: By great filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 4, 2008
There's more than a bit of satisfaction to be had in Shine a Light, which starts with a clever tussle of the dynamic wills of Jagger and Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 4, 2008
The disappointment is that, unlike The Last Waltz, which got inside the skins of The Band and was clearly a deeply personal work, Shine A Light is essentially just an expertly made concert film. But what a concert!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 4, 2008
As Jagger is the ringmaster in front of the cameras, Scorsese is the maestro behind them, assembling a crew under Robert Richardson that reads like a Who's Who of award-winning cinematographers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 4, 2008
Aside from threading in a few black-and-white clips of the band being interviewed in the mid-60s, Scorsese doesn't have much to say about the Stones, and their unfeeling professionalism onstage says quite enough already.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2008
Some may argue that Shine a Light could have used more such flavoring. Stones' fans won't be among them.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 4, 2008
The filmmaking tries to generate excitement; it doesn't capture it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2008
Shine a Light combines his foreknowledge with the versatility of great cinematographers so that it essentially seems to have a camera in the right place at the right time for every element of the performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 3, 2008
After the 14th song, casual fans feel guilty that their energy is flagging while then-63 Mick's still huffing on
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 3, 2008
As the director of the documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese is a besotted rock 'n' roll fan who wholeheartedly embraces its mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 3, 2008
Martin Scorsese meets the Rolling Stones in Shine a Light. The synergy is so brilliant, it's nearly blinding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 3, 2008
For the most part, Scorsese (as he did in The Last Waltz, his brilliant documentary about the Band) largely lets the Stones be the Stones.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 3, 2008
A buoyant, light-hearted encore of a movie, paying tribute to the Stones as indefatigable elder statesmen who still go out every night and put on a great show.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2008
Despite Scorsese's efforts to pump up some drama -- the director, with his signature glasses and Groucho brows, gets huffy about not receiving a set list -- drama is sorely lacking. This is just a concert film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 3, 2008
This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2008
Shine a Light is akin to paying for a very good seat at a Stones concert, and while some of us couldn't do that for real, even if we saved up, Scorsese's fond film...is a stroll down memory lane, conducted by four men who know the way, and know how
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Gamboa
Newsday
April 3, 2008
Shine a Light, like so much of the Stones' music it captures, may not be epic, but it certainly shows us a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2008
It's a gas.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 3, 2008
Although the film is expertly made it offers almost nothing new for fans of the Stones, or of Scorsese.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 2, 2008
There is no such thing as a blank slate with such cultural icons -- too much informs our viewing experience -- and that's both one of the film's biggest strengths and weaknesses.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 2, 2008
This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 2, 2008
What it captures is a band that has figured out the best way to endure -- by becoming eternal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Camille Dodero
Village Voice
April 2, 2008
Like the Stones, Marty's earned the right to coast, especially in his senior years.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 31, 2008
[Scorsese] comes at the Stones from every imaginable angle. He voodoos the footage into a fluid whole.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 26, 2008
Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light, featuring the Rolling Stones onstage with their talented friends, rattled my old bones to nirvana and beyond as I searched for superlatives adequate to describe the rapturous vibes let loose by the performers.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 7, 2008
At the end of a very long night, Light is simply another in a long line of Rolling Stones concert films.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 7, 2008
Takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invigorating musical trip down memory lane, as well as to provoke gentle musings on the wages of aging and the passage of time.