Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Morse
    100
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. The topic is well-suited to the Maysles brothers, who helped pioneer reality-centered "direct cinema" techniques.
  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. 100
    Remains a remarkable, almost timeless study.
  7. Reviewed by: Editor
    76
    Disturbing, powerful essay on one aspect of the rock and drug culture at the end of the 1960s.
  8. 100
    Movies don't get any more real than this.
  9. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    75
    It remains as unsettling as ever.
  10. Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
  11. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    80
    Captures that petulant omnisexuality that made many adults consider Jagger a threat to their daughters, sons and household pets alike.
  12. 70
    A pop culture document for a mass audience.

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