Shut Up and Play the Hits
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On April 2nd, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and TIME magazine lamenting "we may… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's sometimes touching, sometimes really loud, and often both."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Murphy is one hell of a frontman, and LCD Soundsystem is a deliriously exciting concert act."
‑ Steven Hyden, AV Club
"A must for fans of LCD Soundsystem and about fifteen minutes too long for anyone else, this is an entertaining enough exploration of walking away from success and fear of failure."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"True to the live experience - taking in tears, joy, sweat and humor - of one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of a generation."
‑ David Moynihan, Digital Spy
"Surrounded by the most clichéd and craven kind of New York and UK hipsters, journos and schmoozers, Murphy remains adorably low-key, sincere and witty."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Overall the film falls flat."
‑ Danielle Goldstein, Time Out
"Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band's leader into thoughtful cultural perspective."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"a penetrating and moving documentary that captures what was weird and special about Murphy and his band, and was extra weird and special about his decision to kill the band."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Like Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, this is a documentary about a farewell concert."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Southern and Lovelace skilfully interweave footage of the wondrous, thunderous racket of the gig with Murphy's morning-after reflections on why he bailed out at the height of his success ..."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
""Shut Up" is graceful in its depiction of the performance, neither uncomfortably intimate nor shy."
‑ Jon Caramanica, New York Times
"LCD Soundsystem's die-hard fanbase will appreciate this concert documentary, but few others are likely to think it demands big-screen viewing."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Will have a much stronger resonance for fans than for those unfamiliar with the band's music. But even newcomers will find the exploration of fame and artistry unusually personal"
‑ Rich Cline,
"A bittersweet confection - a gorgeously shot concert film that cuts repeatedly between the near-desperate abandon of the show and Murphy, in his apartment the following day, wandering around in his pants and petting the dog."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"The moody hipster solipsism won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a fitting monument to an influential band."
‑ Ashley Clark, Little White Lies
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