Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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  • Summary: Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friendsNow in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. [IFC Films] Expand

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Feb 24, 2014
    100
    Inspirational, entertaining, and absolutely awards-caliber (from first-time director Karasawa), Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me offers up an indelible and rare experience in cinematic form—it’s simply an absolute treat to be able to spend this much intimate time with such a legendary lady.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 19, 2014
    91
    In Shoot Me, she wears her spiked cynicism like a cutting form of grace, and everyone around her (including audiences) gets healed by it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 6, 2014
    88
    She’s a diva — she knows it, we know it, the director knows it — but over the years Stritch seems to have learned that the only way to deal with that is honestly. So she’s a paradox: a diva with no illusions about herself.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    This is a life lived, perhaps not always well, but certainly to the fullest.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Karasawa captures the flinty, ferocious nature of her subject, Elaine Stritch, with just the right amount of clear-eyed respect.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    Elaine Stritch’s strength, along with the film’s, comes from her honesty. She is herself, even when — maybe especially when — she knows she’s being watched.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    All this is interesting, or interesting enough, depending on how you feel about Elaine Stritch. If you're a particular fan, this documentary is a must-see. But for everyone else, a little of Elaine's personality goes a long way.

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  1. Mar 20, 2014
    10
    Elaine Stritch has been the actress entertainer of one's dreams for almost seven decades. This portrait is both a profile in courage and aElaine Stritch has been the actress entertainer of one's dreams for almost seven decades. This portrait is both a profile in courage and a great show. Funny, brassy, irreverent, she is the real deal. Lookout, Leroy, this is one feisty dame. If it comes anywhere near you, don't miss it. Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    9
    If you love brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, you'll enjoy this opportunity to spend 80 minutes with her. Sure, we hear from some of herIf you love brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, you'll enjoy this opportunity to spend 80 minutes with her. Sure, we hear from some of her friends and get glimpses of her early years, but this doc spends most of its time with her: watching her prepare and perform her one-woman show, dealing with her diabetes and listening to her muse about life, aging and the impending. She's as funny and ferocious as ever, but this offers poignant glimpses into the fragile woman underneath. She also sings! (Stay all the way thru the credits, because she just can't stop.) Expand
  3. May 31, 2016
    8
    Quite a touching film with a lot of sass; Ms. Stritch proved until the end she had the chops and balls to keep going in show business. HerQuite a touching film with a lot of sass; Ms. Stritch proved until the end she had the chops and balls to keep going in show business. Her appeal spans further than just a broadway comedian and it makes me regret not having the chance to see her live. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2014
    7
    An un conventional documentary, as far as showbiz personalities go, in that this is more about its subject now rather than just presenting anAn un conventional documentary, as far as showbiz personalities go, in that this is more about its subject now rather than just presenting an A-Z on her life. The irrepressible Miss Stritch comes over with all her acerbic wit and directness in tact, whilst allowing us an insight into her insecurities and vulnerability. The late James Gandolfini pops up as a recent friend, and even more surprisingly Alec Baldwin serves as executive producer. He can certainly be proud to have contributed to what is an undeniably well made and loving tribute to a fascinating and legendary entertainer. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    7
    As hilarious and brutally honest, just as the woman herself--a tribute not to be missed. You'll laugh, of course, but you'll also cry and seeAs hilarious and brutally honest, just as the woman herself--a tribute not to be missed. You'll laugh, of course, but you'll also cry and see behind-the-scenes of Stritch's smile, voice and fruitful career. Expand

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