Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 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.
  2. The topic is well-suited to the Maysles brothers, who helped pioneer reality-centered "direct cinema" techniques.
  3. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    It remains as unsettling as ever.
  4. Remains the only rock & roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 70
    A pop culture document for a mass audience.
  8. Reviewed by: Editor
    Disturbing, powerful essay on one aspect of the rock and drug culture at the end of the 1960s.
  9. 100
    Remains a remarkable, almost timeless study.
  10. Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
  11. 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.
  12. 100
    Movies don't get any more real than this.

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