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After exploring the careers of the Band and Bob Dylan in The Last Waltz and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, respectively, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese turns his lens on rock & roll legends the Rolling Stones for this feature focusing on two concerts from the band's 2006 A Bigger Bang tour. In addition to extensive coverage of the band's two-night stand at New York's Beacon Theater (an engagement that was staged as part of President Bill Clinton's lavish birthday bash), the film also features historical footage, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from decades past.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The effect was intense and overwhelming, but I mean that in a good way."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's showbiz, after all. And the band still rocks like none other, true to their creed that if their adored blues masters can play into their dotage, then so can they."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Once the Rolling Stones push "Jumpin' Jack Flash's" tempo toward a cliff, Scorsese treats "Shine a Light" like a character piece about artistic give-and-take, not a mere concert film. As long as the Stones are ambulatory, they're ageless."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Sparkles like polished ember encasing dinosaur DNA, but Scorsese's best jukeboxes have little use for such reverence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A whirlwind demo of technical proficiency. It's recommendable on camera choreography and seamless editing alone."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"At times, the cutting shifts from the hasty to the impatient to the borderline epileptic, and, while never doubting Scorsese's ardor for the Stones, I got the distinct impression of a style in search of a subject."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Close-ups detail the etched faces of the Stones, but they've never seemed more ageless. Their music and spirit are still brash and youthful."
‑ Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Unanswered question: If this is what Keith Richards' face looks like when he goes on stage, what does he look like when he gets up in the morning?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's unfortunate that the unfairest criticism one can level at Shine a Light is arguably the most legitimate as well: it's no Gimme Shelter"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Even an average performance by the Rolling Stones isn't boring."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Elysa Gardner, USA Today
"He brings all his skills as a filmmaker to the film, but Scorsese did not achieve the monumental dimensions of his movie from cinematic savoir faire. Shine a Light is huge because the Stones are giants."
‑ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Note to self: Need more yoga ASAP."
‑ Rob Nelson, minnpost.com
"More than a concert film, Scorsese's Shine a Light not only throws yet another spotlight on the rockers but also carves out a story to pay tribute to the "Satisfaction" musicians."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"...an exhilarating and wholly engrossing event."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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