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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 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 »