Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense (2014)

Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 15, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Josh Larsen

Byrne is the auteur here; Demme is the rare, generous sort of filmmaker who would emphasize that.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Stop Making Sense is a concert film with a narrative, bursting at the seams with bits of invention and passion.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the greatest concert film ever made

Nick Rogers

Like Talking Heads itself, Jonathan Demme's landmark 1984 film is accessible and arty. In less skilled hands, it would simply feel alien and cold, not vibrantly and enthrallingly alive.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

This ain't no disco, but it is a party.

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Brian Mckay

Decent, as concert films go. Being a huge TH fan helps. Byrne's oversized suit good for a chuckle.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's all so precise even as it is totally loopy, and the music pressed up in our face so urgently and enticingly, that the movie is as close to perfect as it gets.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

One of the best concert movies ever.

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Even at its least effective, the film animates one's foot to tap unknowingly for eighty-eight minutes.

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Daniel Mumby
There's a line in School of Rock where Jack Black talks about rock-and-roll being killed by "a little thing called MTV". The aesthetic… More
Wu Chouin
Finally got around to watching this. I thought it was good, but slightly overrated. A pretty good live show and solid energy, but it's a little dated… More
Mark Abell
High energy concert featuring the Talking Heads. If this doesn't make you want to get up and dance, there is something seriously off. The music is… More
A well regarded concert film from The Talking Heads, directed by Jonathan Demme. I like the Talking Heads, but I wouldn?t say I?m a huge fan. I like a bunch… More
Bryce Iwaschuk
The cinematic technique is intriguing, and although it's unnoticeable to the audience's perspective the industrial details derived from this film are… More