Shine a Light Reviews

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November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
July 28, 2008
Even an average performance by the Rolling Stones isn't boring.
June 8, 2008
It's hard to imagine, I know, but Shine A Light gives us the Rolling Stones in a fresh way.
May 30, 2008
As a concert film it's among the best: intimately shot, smoothly edited, endlessly involving.
April 7, 2008
The effect was intense and overwhelming, but I mean that in a good way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 4, 2008
Regardless of age, they can still rip this joint.
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.
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.
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.
April 4, 2008
This is how great rock and roll was meant to be filmed: By great filmmakers.
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.
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