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) Oscilloscope
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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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 (8)

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
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"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
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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

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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Shut Up and Play the Hits

I was always kind of vaguely aware of LCD. I think this is actually one of the best concert videos that I have seen. The sound quality is unbelievable and it turns out that I am into them. One of the few documentaries that makes a nice background soundtrack.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Shut Up and Play the Hits is a "rockumentary" of the hit alternative dance band known as LCD Soundsystem. The film follows the before, during, and after of the band's final performance at Madison Square Gardens and how frontman James Murphy contemplates his decisions. To start off, you don't have to be a fan of this band to enjoy or follow this movie. It'll probably be more fun to watch if you do know the band however, and I thoroughly enjoyed Shut Up and Play the Hits. I'm a big fan of LCD Soundsystem, but I'm not going gaga over it simply because I like the band, it's just a really good rockumentary. The timeline of events and how Murphy reacts through it all is beautifully directed, as well as the concert scenes. You wonder at the very beginning why are they quitting the band after so much success but then as the story progresses, you start to understand why and then he gained my full respect. He wants to quit so he can live a normal life and start a family while also making an impact on the ever growing music industry. He didn't want to overstay his welcome or create a record no one liked, he just wanted to feel significant but felt insignificant the entire film. There's some heartbreaking scenes in the film that feel real. When Murphy starts tearing up in the old studio, I sympathized with him because it's hard to say goodbye to people you've gotten to know very well over the past years and the career you had. The interview throughout the entire runtime was flawless and thought provoking. The interviewer asked questions that really made you think as well as James Murphy's responses. That's how you feel convinced in the end, is through the interview which was one of the best factors of the film. My only complaint is that I would've like more concert time because there was a ton more footage that wasn't shown. I would've loved this even more if it was a concert film with the interview. Shut Up and Play the Hits is a fantastic documentary and analyzation of LCD Soundsystem through their tough times they went through on their last tour. It's an emotional ride with a really likable band and lead character. A-

Campbell Petschke
Campbell Petschke

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.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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