Mick Jagger and Keith Richards aren't afraid to keep it real. Both show some interesting insights into their success, with Jagger revealing how he portrays a different character for each of the band's singles.
Leslie Felperin, Variety
This tribute to the Rolling Stones offers a blizzard of archive material nimbly sutured together with interviews with the Stones themselves, making this a succinct, officially sanctioned but not necessarily fawning history of the band.
David Hinckley, New York Daily News
Crossfire Hurricane, a new documentary on the first 15 years of the Rolling Stones, has passages where it lives up to the title's promise. It has other passages where it's more like a mild breeze.
Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
he music, at least, has remained unruly. They may be an institution, but they remain just crummy enough to keep from ever seeming slick.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
Hurricane is a whirling impressionistic painting of the band, beautifully conveying the energy, drive and genius of the Stones, more or less chronologically within the basic flashback structure.
Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
You can almost track the arc of the Stones by studying how Jagger's face evolves over the course of the movie.
Rebecca Barry, Flicks.co.nz
Hammers home [the Stones'] amazing, timeless appeal.
Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
If Crossfire Hurricane doesn't offer much that's new, or tell a spellbinding story along the way, it still vividly captures how they became legends in the first place.
Troy Patterson, Slate
It was my pleasure, as an intermediate-level Stones buff, to see that director Brett Morgen has put together something reeking of astringent danger.
Keith Phipps, AV Club
Of the many sources from which someone might learn about the Rolling Stones it's better than most.
Jack Jones, Little White Lies
Stones completists may feel sated, but the idly inquisitive would do best to steer clear.
Emma Simmonds, The List
Ultimately, by focusing on energetically edited footage of Stones at their musical peak, Morgen has made an immersive documentary that thoroughly entertains yet neglects to sufficiently enlighten.
Ed Gibbs, Empire Magazine Australasia
Nothing terribly new, but great fun, all the same. Morgan has assembled a hugely enjoyable, tightly edited journey through the Stones' creative heyday.
For the obsessive Rolling Stones fan, there may be little new of interest in the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane," made to commemorate their fiftieth anniversary. Throughout the archival and footage from other documentaries, the surviving members of the band seek to… More For the obsessive Rolling Stones fan, there may be little new of interest in the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane," made to commemorate their fiftieth anniversary. Throughout the archival and footage from other documentaries, the surviving members of the band seek to disprove the old dictum that if you remember the 60's, then you really were not there. Well, they were there.
For a more casual fan like myself who only owns the 1964-1971 greatest hits and has seen "Gimme Shelter," "Crossfire Hurricane" is a more insightful film, even with some critical issues. For example, it is kind of simplistic to describe the Beatles as the good guys and the Rolling Stones as the bad guys, when to quote Bill Hicks, "The Beatles were so high, they let Ringo sing lead on a couple of songs." Rather, the bands were different sides of the same coin, reflecting opposite emotions identified with the 60's while stretching their music in new and creative ways. In fact, early film of both bands being mobbed look very similar. But where they differ is the Beatles stopped touring and the Rolling Stones continued with their concerts which at first they had so much trouble playing through that they placed bets as to when they would get interrupted. The documentary's strength comes from placing such chaos into context, especially when it comes down to the Altamont tragedy at the end of the 60's.