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Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)



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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 Magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may never dance again." Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. -- (C) Oscilloscopemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2012
Box Office: $0.5M
Oscilloscope Pictures - Official Site


LCD Soundsystem
as LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy
as James Murphy
Al Doyle
as Al Doyle
Nancy Whang
as Nancy Whang
Chuck Klosterman
as Chuck Klosterman
Pat Mahoney
as Pat Mahoney
Gavin Russom
as Gavin Russom
Tyler Pope
as Tyler Pope
Matt Thornley
as Matt Thornley
Keith Wood
as Keith Wood
Alan Doyle
as Alan Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Overall the film falls flat.

Full Review… | September 5, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

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… | July 17, 2012
Top Critic

LCD Soundsystem's die-hard fanbase will appreciate this concert documentary, but few others are likely to think it demands big-screen viewing.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits


happiest, most beautiful, best documentary of 2012

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

A great concert documentary, but an even better investigation into hipster culture and what it means to be an artist in the minds of some.

Less a concert doc than a philosophical study of what it means to be a band (I mean, Chuck Klosterman is essentially the freaking narrator). I was surprised at how intimate a lot of the captured moments here are; seeing Murphy cry while looking through his gear for one of the last times was astonishingly moving). Intercutting those scenes within beautifully captured highlights of LCD Soundsystem's last concert ever adds a tremendous amount of weight to what could have easily been a lifeless concert DVD. You don't have to like them (or even know who James Murphy is) in order to get something out of this.

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