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Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York

Oct 9, 2012

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Overall the film falls flat.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band's leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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LCD Soundsystem's die-hard fanbase will appreciate this concert documentary, but few others are likely to think it demands big-screen viewing.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (2)
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Much like the band's self-conscious synth-pop itself, Shut Up is initially satiric but ultimately disarming in its emotional resonance.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

a penetrating and moving documentary that captures what was weird and special about Murphy and his band, and was extra weird and special about his decision to kill the band.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Will have a much stronger resonance for fans than for those unfamiliar with the band's music. But even newcomers will find the exploration of fame and artistry unusually personal

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

True to the live experience - taking in tears, joy, sweat and humor - of one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of a generation.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Like Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, this is a documentary about a farewell concert.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A bittersweet confection - a gorgeously shot concert film that cuts repeatedly between the near-desperate abandon of the show and Murphy, in his apartment the following day, wandering around in his pants and petting the dog.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Surrounded by the most clichéd and craven kind of New York and UK hipsters, journos and schmoozers, Murphy remains adorably low-key, sincere and witty.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Southern and Lovelace skilfully interweave footage of the wondrous, thunderous racket of the gig with Murphy's morning-after reflections on why he bailed out at the height of his success ...

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An engaging portrait of a frontman unwilling to play the rock star.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Not only a sad farewell to a great band, but to life as Murphy knows it.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A great concert movie framed around a substantially less enthralling interview.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fitting tribute to a band that has somehow become emblematic of our times.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

James Murphy never says that his music will sound different after LCD Soundsystem disbands, so why fearfully anticipate a change that we don't even know is coming?

July 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The type of celebratory nail in their coffin that makes the end feel more like a party than a funeral.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits

LCD sound system passed me by I'm afraid, I've heard the name but until watching this film I knew very little about them. I quite liked the songs featured, they sounded pretty cool and their last gig did look epic. So the bits in-between songs, the bits where they should have shut up like the title suggested, are some of the most pretentious pieces of film I have ever seen. Interviewers muse, the lead singer shaves, everyone loves each other, everyone is far too cool for words, yadda yadda yadda. So yeah, Shut up and play the Hits already! Use the fast forward button and enjoy the music.
October 16, 2013
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happiest, most beautiful, best documentary of 2012
September 24, 2012
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