Shut Up and Play the Hits Reviews

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Top Critic
September 5, 2012
Overall the film falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2012
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
LCD Soundsystem's die-hard fanbase will appreciate this concert documentary, but few others are likely to think it demands big-screen viewing.
David Moynihan
Digital Spy
September 12, 2012
True to the live experience - taking in tears, joy, sweat and humor - of one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phoebe Cook
The List
September 3, 2012
A fitting tribute to a band that has somehow become emblematic of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
September 6, 2012
The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
September 6, 2012
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 ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
September 3, 2012
An engaging portrait of a frontman unwilling to play the rock star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
July 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
William Goss
The Playlist
January 26, 2012
If Lovelace and Southern nailed anything, it's this alchemy of fleeting bliss, in which thousands of people were brought together for a moment both temporary and transcendent.
March 4, 2013
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.
Henry Barnes
Guardian
September 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 19, 2012
The type of celebratory nail in their coffin that makes the end feel more like a party than a funeral.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
July 11, 2012
From the noise-drenched opening credits to the final, bittersweet song, the concert footage - a DVD of the entire nearly four-hour show is reportedly in the works - pulses with excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 17, 2012
If you've never heard of LCD Soundsystem or cared much for the group's work, "Shut Up and Play the Hits" still manages to explore the prospects of fame and contemporary rock music's lasting relevance.
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Steven Hyden
AV Club
July 18, 2012
Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 12, 2012
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2012
It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
September 3, 2012
A great concert movie framed around a substantially less enthralling interview.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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