Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Reviews

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March 2, 2017
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.
April 14, 2016
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.
April 8, 2016
This document is a testament of the past, when things were done differently: The funny clothes, technical mishaps, AV effects and the fortunate non-existence of smartphones blocking the experience. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 6, 2016
This film is a piece of cultural memorabilia that, more so than capturing a significant concert, recreates what being David Bowie was at that time, and above all, looking at him. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 22, 2016
Indisputably one of the greatest concert films ever made, DA Pennebaker's striking work captures those last moments onstage in all their glory.
January 13, 2016
Bowie keeps the movie out of the doldrums of being just a home video, and it's a sight that deserves viewing for fans of rock and roll.
January 13, 2016
The result miraculously resurrects a seminal moment in rock history, elevating Ziggy Stardust into the landmark cultural event it always should have been.
January 13, 2016
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.
June 24, 2006
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.
April 1, 2005
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March 10, 2003
Viewers only familiar with this glam-rock period from recent movies such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Velvet Goldmine will be intrigued to discover this historical moment in all its flamboyant glory.
February 21, 2003
While "Ziggy" is obviously more of interest to hardcore Bowie fans than anyone else (some critics have trashed it for that reason), it should be required viewing for rockers-in-training who really want to learn about good showmanship.
January 24, 2003
October 4, 2002
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.
October 4, 2002
Certainly of interest, if only for its vintage. But the film is drab and slight.
October 4, 2002
The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film.
September 12, 2002
A colorful snapshot of an early chapter in the story of an accomplished performer.
September 9, 2002
Like a flopped anecdote, Pennebaker's disappointing movie can be shrugged off with one line: You had to be there.
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