Gimme Shelter
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This musical documentary concerns the Rolling Stones and their tragic free concert at Altamont Speedway near San Francisco in early December 1969. The event was all but destroyed by violence that marked the end of the peace and love euphoria of the 1960s. The night began smoothly, with the supercharged Flying Burrito Brothers opening up for the Rolling Stones and performing the truck-driving classic "Six Days on the Road" and Tina Turner giving a sensually charged performance. But on this particular evening, the Stones made the fateful (and disastrous) decision to hire the Oakland… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's knowing about the killing, and waiting for it to happen on the screen that gives the film its energy and thrust."
‑ Howard Smith, Village Voice
"... put a frame around the notorious Altamont Speedway free concert that became the grim bookend to the decade."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The most fascinating aspect about the film is how it traces the anatomy of the disaster that was Altamont."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This look at the Rolling Stones' disastrous concert at Altamont is so chilling it will prevent anyone from ever looking back at the 1960s with rose-colored glasses."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Concepts of viewing that are often dealt with subconciously are brought to a blinding light by the Maysles Brothers."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"This is a seminal rock doc, and the actual music is only a small part of the magic."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"This seminal docu of the Rolling Stones free concert, in which a black youth was stabbed by Hell's Angels, raises crucial questions about cinema verite style, moral ambiguity, complicity, and mass behavior."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Though upsetting, the film remains an eye-opening eyewitness report on the counterculture experience in its decline."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There are so many great and terrible things about this documentary."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"much like the '60s itself: both enthralling and incredibly disturbing"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"'Gimme Shelter' is not a concert film but a statement of a sea change, of the group way back when and of an end to its and the public's innocence and to the counterculture that once flourished."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A disturbing time capsule that showcases the anti-Woodstock"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"There exist few films that exclaim their time's ideas with such gravity as Gimme Shelter."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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