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Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (2005)




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Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out is not another documentary about a band. Rather, it is a first-person account of what it feels like to rise from obscurity to international superstardom, a priceless glimpse at the making of legends from the inside. Comprised completely of Super-8 footage from Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the band turned filmmaker, the film shows the Police from a perspective never thought possible. The film begins with an overview of the band's early, less glamorous days in London; it then follows them on a small tour to the U.S., where Copeland begins shooting and their music starts to catch on. By the time they return home, "Can't Stand Losing You" has become a hit, and their lives change forever. From joking around backstage and in hotels, to playing concerts and doing recording sessions-including when Sting first plays the baseline for "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"-the film captures divine moments of creation that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Copeland should be commended not only for having the foresight to film everything but also for his terrific job at assembling it into a one-of-a-kind documentary. His candid narration guides the audience as it takes the ultimate ride from the bottom all the way to the top.-- (C) Sundance Film Festival


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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Offers an often revealing if admittedly slight take on life with the lyrically and rhythmically sophisticated rock group.

March 10, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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A trite, whitewashed-to-blankness vanity project.

Full Review… | January 23, 2006
Top Critic

Fanciful, fun, funny, and frenetic -- all the great things about New Wave music brought gloriously into focus for posterity.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006

It turns out Copeland's home movies are as boring as everyone else's.

Full Review… | February 15, 2006

If you're an old-school Police fan, there's enough here to warrant some attention, but it's those same hardcore fans who might walk away from "Everyone Stares" wishing it had a lot more meat on its bones.

Full Review… | January 30, 2006

Everyone Stares is an unprecedented look at the brief career of one of rock's all-time greatest acts, but disappoints more than it illuminates.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
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