Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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: Rex Reed
    Feb 19, 2014
    100
    At 88, after nearly seven decades in show business, Ms. Stritch is sharp, funny, brittle, caustic, demanding, exaggerated, critical (especially of herself) and infuriating. She is also elaborately unique and awesomely brilliant.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 20, 2014
    91
    The contrast between the movie’s traditional execution and Stritch’s domineering powers create the lingering sense that she may be the project’s true auteur.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 20, 2014
    90
    On a deeper level, Shoot Me is an unflinchingly honest examination of a woman who is aware that the end is approaching.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Mar 6, 2014
    88
    This is a must-see for anyone who loves theater, acting and especially individuals like Elaine Stritch unafraid to bare their souls — so all of us can gain more insight into the complicated essence of the human condition.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 6, 2014
    88
    To millions, Stritch is the Emmy-winning actress who did "30 Rock," playing Alec Baldwin's mom. Those people who don't know the rest of her story should take the 82 minutes to see this.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 21, 2014
    88
    So cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 21, 2014
    88
    Stritch is a documentary subject as fearless and raw as her stage persona.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 6, 2014
    80
    Chiemi Karasawa's unblinking documentary feature watches Elaine Stritch struggle with the toughest role of her life—being old, and in constantly uncertain health.
  12. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 6, 2014
    80
    Whatever this woman is saying or doing, you want to be there to hear it and see it, and there's no better formula for an entertaining documentary than that.
  13. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Mar 6, 2014
    80
    The film is nakedly candid, but Stritch is also a ham who is almost always aware of the camera.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Thanks to remarkable access to her subject, and a refusal to turn away during even the most personal moments, Karasawa has made something deeper: a portrait of Stritch just as the aging process is beginning to punch holes in her concrete dam of a personality.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    The kind of movie fans will be quoting for the rest of their lives, Shoot Me, from director-producer Chiemi Karasawa, is as much a playdate as portrait, a jumble of salty highlights attesting to the pleasure of her company.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    This is a life lived, perhaps not always well, but certainly to the fullest.
  18. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Feb 17, 2014
    80
    What makes this film such a warm and touching portrait is that it reveals a woman who, even at her lowest, never loses her sense of humor.
  19. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 17, 2014
    80
    Karasawa deftly orchestrates the sometimes hairpin tonal shifts, never veering towards the saccharine; if she did, Stritch would probably shoot her.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    Periodically deviating from its fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, the film does a noticeably better job than the Joan Rivers movie of incorporating old footage and photos to underscore its subject’s importance.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 7, 2014
    75
    I’m not sure that anybody coming to this film to witness her for the first time would necessarily pledge eternal allegiance. Still, she’s sui generis, and in the theatre world, as in life (yes, there is an overlap), that counts for a lot.
  23. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    The star gives us a generous and hilarious portrait of life as an aging legend.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Feb 19, 2014
    75
    Director Chiemi Karasawa is on her best footing when she deals with Stritch not as a Broadway icon and occasional film and TV star, but rather as a woman approaching 90 and holding on thanks to lack of filtering and an indomitable will to perform.
  25. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Feb 17, 2014
    75
    Chiemi Karasawa's documentary is remarkable for its candor, but it's a brutal honesty that Elaine Stritch herself gladly offers.
  26. 70
    Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me is one of those showbiz docs that’s not exactly pleasurable but offers a penetrating glimpse — sometimes too penetrating — into what it means to eat, drink, and be contrary in the public sphere.
  27. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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. Full Review »
  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.) Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »