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Shut Up and Play the Hits Reviews

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March 4, 2013
A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure.
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2012
It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 12, 2012
a penetrating and moving documentary that captures what was weird and special about Murphy and his band, and was extra weird and special about his decision to kill the band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
September 12, 2012
Will have a much stronger resonance for fans than for those unfamiliar with the band's music. But even newcomers will find the exploration of fame and artistry unusually personal
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Moynihan
Digital Spy
September 12, 2012
True to the live experience - taking in tears, joy, sweat and humor - of one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 7, 2012
Like Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, this is a documentary about a farewell concert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
September 6, 2012
A bittersweet confection - a gorgeously shot concert film that cuts repeatedly between the near-desperate abandon of the show and Murphy, in his apartment the following day, wandering around in his pants and petting the dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 6, 2012
Surrounded by the most clichéd and craven kind of New York and UK hipsters, journos and schmoozers, Murphy remains adorably low-key, sincere and witty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 6, 2012
Southern and Lovelace skilfully interweave footage of the wondrous, thunderous racket of the gig with Murphy's morning-after reflections on why he bailed out at the height of his success ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
September 6, 2012
The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
September 5, 2012
Overall the film falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
September 3, 2012
An engaging portrait of a frontman unwilling to play the rock star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Kelly
Total Film
September 3, 2012
Not only a sad farewell to a great band, but to life as Murphy knows it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
September 3, 2012
A great concert movie framed around a substantially less enthralling interview.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phoebe Cook
The List
September 3, 2012
A fitting tribute to a band that has somehow become emblematic of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jon Caramanica
New York Times
July 26, 2012
"Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2012
James Murphy never says that his music will sound different after LCD Soundsystem disbands, so why fearfully anticipate a change that we don't even know is coming?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
July 19, 2012
The type of celebratory nail in their coffin that makes the end feel more like a party than a funeral.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Top Critic
Steven Hyden
AV Club
July 18, 2012
Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
July 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7.9/10
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