Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Reviews

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.
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.
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 9, 2002
Like a flopped anecdote, Pennebaker's disappointing movie can be shrugged off with one line: You had to be there.
August 22, 2002
Somehow poor pacing and this lack of visual variety manage to make a great show seem boring -- which is, I suppose, an achievement of sorts.
August 16, 2002
Looks like a bootleg concert video made by a gifted fan.
August 8, 2002
A mediocre and muddy 'digitally remastered' print. Bowie does little more...than absent-mindedly pace the stage song after song.
July 11, 2002
Purely as document, D.A. Pennebaker's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars could not be a more ruthless portrait of a time and a music.
July 11, 2002
It, however, wasn't until years later when his former wife Angie wrote her memoirs did we learn that she once found Bowie in bed with Mick Jagger.
July 9, 2002
The entire movie, save for a handful of stolid backstage interludes, looks as if it had been shot by a determined group of fans perched on the shoulders of their buddies.