Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Remains the only rock & roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller.
  2. The topic is well-suited to the Maysles brothers, who helped pioneer reality-centered "direct cinema" techniques.
  3. A strong example of the cinema verite style at work, yet few films of the school show up the crisis of its "noninvolvement" policy more tellingly.
  4. 100
    Movies don't get any more real than this.
  5. Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
  6. Signals the real end of the party, charting a denouement that arcs from blissful ignorance to violence and its ever-present threat to a final retreat.
  7. 70
    A pop culture document for a mass audience.
  8. 100
    Remains a remarkable, almost timeless study.
  9. Reviewed by: Editor
    Disturbing, powerful essay on one aspect of the rock and drug culture at the end of the 1960s.
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Morse
    The impact of this stunning film - and the lessons to be learned from it - are as remarkable as when it was first released 30 years ago.
  11. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    It remains as unsettling as ever.
  12. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    Captures that petulant omnisexuality that made many adults consider Jagger a threat to their daughters, sons and household pets alike.

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