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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A rare window into the apparatus and limitations of glam-rock. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    It is Bowie's alter ego as the androgynous Martian rock star that remains, 30 years later, his most enduring artistic achievement. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Musically, it's a mixed bag -- The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film. show more

  • 60
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    Being released at the same time that Bowie's latest album "Heathen" is being unveiled. Bowie fans who need a reason to celebrate the trajectory of the artist's career can make use of this cinematic Alpha and CD Omega. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    As a document of the ever-mutable musician's signature persona, a wraithlike androgyne with a head full of apocalyptic dreams, it's fascinating. show more

  • 50
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    Passingly engaging. But you emerge from the film knowing as much -- or, indeed, as little -- as when you went in, and that's not exactly what documentary filmmaking is all about. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion. show more

  • 80
    Gregory Weinkauf New Times (L.A.)

    Captures David Bowie's meticulous identity quest with all the frenetic energy (read: slop) of a wildlife documentary on drugs. show more

  • 60
    Washington Post

    For the first time in 30 years, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars appear on the movie screen as Pennebaker intended. It's almost worth the wait. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    It is billed as a "restored version," though the sound is still fuzzy and the image only occasionally rises to the level of murk. show more

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