Shine a Light
Shine a Light (2008)

This Rolling Stones documentary focuses on the two concerts from the group's current "A Bigger Bang" tour and includes scenes from a recent concert in Austin, Texas. It also includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may offer little new for fans, but Martin Scorsese's document of the Rolling Stones' electrifying live show should provide satisfaction to audiences.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The effect was intense and overwhelming, but I mean that in a good way.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

In many ways [Shine a Light is] an unintentional funeral dance commemorating the vanished vitality and subversive potential of mainstream rock 'n' roll and celebrating its current utility as a nostalgic anodyne.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

Shine A Light is a masterful concert film, one that will appeal to movie lovers and hardcore Stones admirers alike.

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Elysa Gardner
USA Today

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.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
saw this on an IMAX screen
Mark Walker
Having already covered such musical talents as The Band in "The Last Waltz" and Bob Dylan in "No Direction Home", director Martin Scorsese… More
paul sandberg
The beauty of this musical documentary of the Rolling Stones circa 2006 is that you don't really realize the technical brilliance that goes on behind the… More
Jennifer D
I'll be honest, I didn't exactly watch this beginning to end. Only because I'm not such a fan of the Stones later stuff. However, I got what… More
Graham Jones
Grandpa's tearing shit up.
Michael S
As a Stones fan, SHINE A LIGHT was an exceptionally concert documentary. It's not as great as the genres best (GIMME SHELTER and Scorsese's own THE… More