Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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
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.
August 23, 2002
Pennebaker doesn't break any ground here, in what is essentially a linear concert film. But he doesn't need to. Bowie's brilliant -- and, by today's stadium-size standards, intimate -- performance does that for him.
August 22, 2002
An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.
August 16, 2002
Looks like a bootleg concert video made by a gifted fan.
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 10, 2002
For fans familiar with the material ... Ziggy Stardust should be a satisfyingly nostalgic experience.
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.