David Bowie: The Last Five Years

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There was nothing predictable about David Bowie. Everything was designed to intrigue, to challenge, to defy all expectations. But perhaps no period in David Bowie's extraordinary career raised more fascination, more surprise, and more questions than the last five years. This is an intimate portrait of one of the defining artists of the twentieth and early twenty first centuries.


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  • The Last Five Years will be a must for even casual Bowie fans, who are most likely still reeling from their idol's absence. It captures the ever-changing artist in his most surprising incarnation yet: a mortal man.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

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  • Despite testimony from many of his closest friends and collaborators, The Last Five Years doesn't so much draw a picture of David Bowie as trace his outline.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Last Five Years visits all of it, and while the subject is only present in the later years through some random audio, archival footage and the recordings themselves, the sense of celebration is uplifting.

    Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With a tone more celebratory than elegiac, this is a worthy screen memorial that should interest serious Bowiephiles and casual fans alike.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "The Last Five Years" filters the twilight of Bowie's career through the prism of an era when he reigned as pop royalty, and what you perceive now, far more than the fashion-forward evolutions, is the dazzling continuity beneath them.

    Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This lightweight documentary fails to engage meaningfully with such rich material, remaining instead a merely adequate overview of a singularly fascinating period in the life of this artist.

    Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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