Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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This documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and media alike by stating it's the last show we'll ever do. Rather than marking his withdrawal from music, his declaration signalled the retirement of the Ziggy Stardust persona, and the end of a hugely influential chapter in Bowie's own story.

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Critic Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

  • The moment where Bowie announces that this is "the last show that we'll ever do", to the screams and groans of the audience (most of whom assumed it was he, not Ziggy, who was retiring) remains utterly bracing.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not clear whether Pennebaker understands what it's about-he can only grope for a visual equivalent with cliched shots of overwhelmed fans.

    Apr 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The result miraculously resurrects a seminal moment in rock history, elevating Ziggy Stardust into the landmark cultural event it always should have been.

    Jan 13, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Bowie knew how to play his audience, and the documentary shows him as a fiercely concentrated performance artist on and offstage, who micromanaged everything from his makeup palette to the length of his kimono sleeves.

    Jan 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While the likes of 'Oh You Pretty Things' and 'All the Young Dudes' still raise a smile, the presiding image is of those flesh-crawling glam-rock costumes and stage antics. Go for the music, or not at all.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    John Gill

    Time Out
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  • Freed of the unflattering contemporary distractions offered by This Is Spinal Tap, Pennebaker's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars captures Bowie at perhaps his purest, punkiest rock 'n' roll peak.

    Oct 4, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • Jun 29, 2011
    I was born in the wrong time. Brilliant, Bowie at his best.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    Bowie is a God and Pennebaker is a badass. Watching this on the big screen makes me weep.
    Keith M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    A great concert film. Bowie is brilliant and sexually intrigueing as Ziggy. The footage has a real raw look to it which makes you feel like you're really there. Interesting comparing this to his recent Reality concert film which looks much more professional but doesn't have the same immediacy.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    A great film concert experience.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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