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U2 3D Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 22, 2008
Bono should refrain from ramming his preachy political meanderings down our throats and let the music do the talking. Even if some of that music becomes a little stultifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 30, 2008
The 3-D visuals envelop you, majestically, and that effect fuses with the band's surround-sound rapture to create a full-scale sensory high. U2 3D makes you feel stoned on movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 25, 2008
The 3-D element is unobtrusively handled, except when it perfectly re-creates the woman who's always perched on her boyfriend's shoulders in front of you at a concert...
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
The concert itself is spectacularly produced, with Jumbotrons providing backdrop and long, curving runways that allow Bono and other band members to move far out into the crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Hyden
AV Club
January 24, 2008
The problem with U2 3D is that the U2 part is rarely as thrilling as the 3D part.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2008
Having these enormous, almost disembodied figures endlessly cascading through space is more distracting than illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
January 23, 2008
The first Imax movie that deserves to be called a work of art.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 23, 2008
U23D only just begins to tap the potential of performance film in three dimensions, but the possibilities are thrilling to contemplate.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 23, 2008
It's an incredible performance captured in a medium that attains a unique aesthetic of immediacy and humanity from the powerful rock quartet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 23, 2008
The 3-D effects not only make you feel that Bono and crew are within arm's reach, but also -- this is a new trick -- layer the pictures to simulate shifting your focus from foreground to background.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Edna Gundersen
USA Today
January 23, 2008
In many ways delivers an experience that's even better than the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Powers
Los Angeles Times
January 23, 2008
85 beautifully paced minutes of crystal clear, artfully lit shots of Bono and his mates doing their inspirational thing for an arena crowd whose joy surges forth like a tiger in an Imax nature presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
January 23, 2008
The performances, culled from seven shows on the "Vertigo" tour from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, burn with the old unforgettable fire.
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Jennifer Van Evra
Globe and Mail
January 23, 2008
Once you get past the 'Whoa, dude, that's awesome' moments -- after the first couple of songs, the 3-D isn't quite as dazzling -- what's left is a solid U2 concert film that spans the group's sprawling, quarter-century catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 23, 2008
In many ways, watching the movie is better than concertgoing.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 23, 2008
As a testament to one of the few bands that actually warrants the 3D concert film treatment, U2 3D rattles and hums like no other.
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Sarah Rodman
Boston Globe
January 23, 2008
They may not be as cool as Bono's fly shades, but the plastic yellow glasses required for viewing U23D supply an amazing fly-on-the-amp view of the Irish rockers in their natural habitat.
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Stephen Becker
Dallas Morning News
January 22, 2008
A glasses-required experiment that pushes the boundaries of the concert doc yet keeps one foot planted in the conventional concrete. Rarely has a film attained such moments of exhilaration while also leaving the viewer with some level of disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 22, 2008
Transforms a great rock spectacle into something intimate, is a cultural artifact of an era when we could label a rock group 'the only band that matters' and have it mean something.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 22, 2008
The technique works best when it makes you feel as if you're immersed in the audience.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2008
The experience of seeing a concert movie, no matter how technically remarkable, will never replace the experience of being at the show. But U2 3D comes awfully close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2008
U2 3D doesn't make you feel like you're there in the crowd. It makes you feel like you're floating above the fans and riding their energy wave like a surfer during hurricane season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2008
While U2 3D doesn't rank with Stop Making Sense or The Last Waltz in the realm of top-shelf concert films, it's enjoyable and a fine fat eyeful.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 22, 2008
This is perhaps the most technologically pristine 3-D concert film ever made.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2008
Takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 22, 2007
I saw the Vertigo tour and U23D is more than just the next best thing to it. In many ways, it's superior to a real concert. This time, I didn't have to put up with the rowdy drunks who blocked my view.
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Justin Chang
Variety
May 20, 2007
U2 3D may be no more than a pint-sized concert film with a lustrous surface, but the lensing is so vibrant and the music so buoyant, even non-fans may find their eyes popping and their heads bobbing.