Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

This musical performance video features David Bowie as Ziggie Stardust in a 1972 "farewell" concert. Devoted fans will enjoy this film that includes tunes like "All the Young Dudes," and "White Light White… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Freed of the unflattering contemporary distractions offered by This Is Spinal Tap, Pennebaker's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars captures Bowie at perhaps his purest, punkiest rock 'n' roll peak.

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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe

Pennebaker doesn't break any ground here, in what is essentially a linear concert film. But he doesn't need to. Bowie's brilliant -- and, by today's stadium-size standards, intimate -- performance does that for him.

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Bryan Reesman

While "Ziggy" is obviously more of interest to hardcore Bowie fans than anyone else (some critics have trashed it for that reason), it should be required viewing for rockers-in-training who really want to learn about good showmanship.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film.

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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.

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Shawn Levy

Certainly of interest, if only for its vintage. But the film is drab and slight.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

A colorful snapshot of an early chapter in the story of an accomplished performer.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

Somehow poor pacing and this lack of visual variety manage to make a great show seem boring -- which is, I suppose, an achievement of sorts.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Even the non-Bowie fans...will be entertained with this finale perf as the alien-like Ziggy [Stardust].

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Emily B.
I was born in the wrong time. Brilliant, Bowie at his best.
Anthony Valletta
A great film concert experience.
Keith Munley
Bowie is a God and Pennebaker is a badass. Watching this on the big screen makes me weep.
David Sayers
A great concert film. Bowie is brilliant and sexually intrigueing as Ziggy. The footage has a real raw look to it which makes you feel like you're really… More