U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)




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A combination concert/documentary, this focuses on the Irish band U2 and their 1988 world tour.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (12)

Among the best concert films ever.

December 14, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Nicely shot if not terribly innovative concert film.

December 14, 2004
Nitrate Online

R&H exists as it does simply because U2 had “planned” too much ahead of time, the antithesis of spontaneity and the killjoy of documentary filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 24, 2004

Unsatisfying, humorless documentary on the stalwart Irish band

September 26, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Awfully preachy for a rock movie, but still has some great tunes.

April 21, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

They're the biggest band in the world; you'd think they'd at least have something interesting to say.

July 26, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for U2: Rattle and Hum


One of U2's most underappreciated albums from the band's golden era, unfortunately, is also U2 at its most unbearably preachy and self-absorbed. The film doesn't reinvent the concert-doc wheel, but it does offer a wealth of awesome movie and an interesting insight into U2's "Joshua Tree" to "Achtung Baby" transition period. A must-see for U2 fans.

Sean Chandler
Sean Chandler

I remember watching this film in the theater. Quite good concert film and about their kickass album The Joshua Tree.

Shadow Lite
Shadow Lite

I love U2.Since the 80´s till now they still original and good!This movie(made for theaters) was filmed by the great director Phil Joanou in part in glorious black and white, and in the end, some shots in colour, like a revelation.Not only a documentary of a tour, this movie takes a snapshot of th Joshua Tree era.I

Andre Tavares Simoni
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