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Based on 36 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    An exhilarating documentary. show more

  • 88
    USA Today

    The genius of Scorsese's film, which is being shown in IMAX in 93 theaters, is that it reveals the Stones' mortality while celebrating all that makes them more than mere mortals. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Feast for Rolling Stones fans. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Despite Scorsese's efforts to pump up some drama - the director, with his signature glasses and Groucho brows, gets huffy about not receiving a set list - drama is sorely lacking. This is just a concert film. show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    Jagger is often shot straight-on, veiny arms outstretched, white-hot lights illuminating his skinny form (and, um, bared belly). Suddenly, Scorsese turns what seemed familiar into genuinely iconic. From then on, the movie is on fire. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film does not stand up to the current crop of music/concert films like "U2 3D," which brilliantly uses 3-D to show the Irish band in concert so as to encapsulate its relationship to its fans, each other and their own music, and "CSNY: Deja Vu," which hones in on the political connection Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have to their music. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    May be the most intimate documentary ever made about a live rock 'n' roll concert. Certainly it has the best coverage of the performances onstage. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Shine a Light is one of those lions-in-winter affairs, and Jagger, who has a body fat count of negative 67, can still dance like a maniacal popinjay, and Richards still looks like a satyr who has stayed up all night every night of his adult life. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Shine a Light provides the clearest and most intimate viewing experience of the band to date. It is also a happy circumstance that the group, now in their mid-60s, have rarely sounded tighter. show more

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  • May 22, 2008 nomadthedrifter
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    Loved this movie! I saw it at an Imax Theater which gave it more impact. Showed Keith Richards vulnerable side. "She was Hot" got me all fired up. Buddy Guy was just amazing!

  • May 22, 2008 GrandPopJNKNS
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    Did not go in with expecting much. What are you going to show me that I haven't seen before ? Thankfully, I was caught off guard in a good way. I was taken out of my seat by force and pushed up on stage with the old guys turned young again. They made me young again ! Keith Richards is exposed as the genius that he is . Move over Godfather, Mick Jagger is the hardest working man in show business. Martin, you are a visionary magic man. Can't wait to see it again. Thanks for the explosion of raw talent meets in your face rock 'n roll.MORE ! MORE ! ! !

  • May 22, 2008 murbach
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    the dvd of the bridges to babylon tour in 1998 is much better set of their concert performances also the argentine dvd of their bigger bang tour concert from feb 2006 give much better performance and audience interaction of the stones at their peak dm

  • May 22, 2008 sg47
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    There are those who get 'it' and those who never will. Gimme shelter from those who don't.We mourn for those poor souls who are incapable of transcending into that altered state, that "zone" that the Stones (and Scorsese) pull us. As if you have lost your sense of smell in a French bakery, or lost your vision while on the beach in Ipanema. One can only feel sad. As to the Stones, there is still no other band that comes close to their energy and talent. And as to Jagger, name one front-man that even comes close to all that he does, all that he has been, and all that he is. Bono? wha? Bon Jovi?..come on..seriously. And thank you Martin Scorsese. You rock.

  • May 22, 2008 sport death
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    I grew up with the Stones in the 60's . They sound as good or better than they did 40 years ago in this film. DON'T MISS IT !!!

  • May 22, 2008 barbiedoll1161
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    If your a Stones Fan...Get Ready to Rock...!!!!!Felt like I was at Giants Stadium again.... Live and In Person..!!!WOW....

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