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

This documentary and concert film captures Bowie and his band, The Spiders From Mars, performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon on July 3, 1973. It was at this now-infamous concert that Bowie made a sudden announcement, shocking fans and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

It's not clear whether Pennebaker understands what it's about-he can only grope for a visual equivalent with cliched shots of overwhelmed fans.

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John Gill
Time Out

While the likes of 'Oh You Pretty Things' and 'All the Young Dudes' still raise a smile, the presiding image is of those flesh-crawling glam-rock costumes and stage antics. Go for the music, or not at all.

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Gwilym Mumford

The moment where Bowie announces that this is "the last show that we'll ever do", to the screams and groans of the audience (most of whom assumed it was he, not Ziggy, who was retiring) remains utterly bracing.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The result miraculously resurrects a seminal moment in rock history, elevating Ziggy Stardust into the landmark cultural event it always should have been.

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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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Alejandro Alemán
El Universal

This document is a testament of the past, when things were done differently: The funny clothes, technical mishaps, AV effects and the fortunate non-existence of smartphones blocking the experience. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Bowie knew how to play his audience, and the documentary shows him as a fiercely concentrated performance artist on and offstage, who micromanaged everything from his makeup palette to the length of his kimono sleeves.

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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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Alonso Díaz de la Vega
El Universal

This film is a piece of cultural memorabilia that, more so than capturing a significant concert, recreates what being David Bowie was at that time, and above all, looking at him. [Full Review in Spanish]

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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