Shine a Light

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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31

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  1. CharlieS
    Sep 5, 2008
    3
    Interesting begining and snapshots of early Stones life in the 60s, but really the the songs they played were awful.
  2. Jp
    Jun 3, 2008
    0
    Boring beyond belief. The Stones are about as much of a Rock N' Roll band as George Bush is presidential. In other words: They're a fraud. Too bad when a once great artist lose their creativity and just regurgitate a few once great songs. An utter disappointment.
  3. CharlesC.n
    Apr 11, 2008
    0
    Brilliant Director Martin Scorsese shines a light on the Rolling Stones. This backstage production on the Rolling stones touring concerts starrs Mart Scorsese in this music/documentary. My first question is this: How much effort do the rolling stones have to get to pull off of the best that they can be on stage. Its like they're possessed and obsessed. There is only one good song the Brilliant Director Martin Scorsese shines a light on the Rolling Stones. This backstage production on the Rolling stones touring concerts starrs Mart Scorsese in this music/documentary. My first question is this: How much effort do the rolling stones have to get to pull off of the best that they can be on stage. Its like they're possessed and obsessed. There is only one good song the Rolling Stone's have. Yet the screenplay-work is used like a shaky motion of missed art. This huge disappointment is absolute shit, it is Martin Scorsese's worst movie he has ever associated with and officially produced, written and directed. This creation is nowhere being influential. It sticks with blank refusion in giving up. Its so annoying. It runs on nothing, no motivation at all. Its a complete bore. Absolutely terrible. I think Martin Scorsese is getting way too full of himself in showing off the Rolling Stones. But to tell the truth, this huge touring concert for the rolling stones brings Keith Richards and gang to their worst performance ever. They don't belong on the big screen. Expand
  4. MayaB
    Feb 26, 2009
    2
    Shine a Light. Boring and totally overrated, just because of the pedigree involved. Scorsese filming a Rolling Stone´s concert, sounds ass kicking, right? Some dope forgot to tell us the show was a benefit hosted by the Clintons, and the Stones have to greet them and please them and their guests, including Hillary´s mom. Instead of a mosh pit you get yuppies and middleages. Shine a Light. Boring and totally overrated, just because of the pedigree involved. Scorsese filming a Rolling Stone´s concert, sounds ass kicking, right? Some dope forgot to tell us the show was a benefit hosted by the Clintons, and the Stones have to greet them and please them and their guests, including Hillary´s mom. Instead of a mosh pit you get yuppies and middleages. The raunchiest member of the audience is holding up a vanity plate, and Scorsese shows him repeatedly like he is a sight to behold. The movie is so boring he probably is. Meanwhile, Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wood do their thing with all the enthusiasm they can muster in their emasculated situation, politely giving out handshakes and guitar picks to the people in the first row. Keith even apologizes when he runs out of picks. All the songs sound somehow watered down to fit all tastes, and the movie, visually, can´t be described as visually stunning. It´s not like I want every Rolling Stone´s movie to be like Give me Shelter, or think a gang member should die every once in a while in a concert. It´s not that I believe every show should be a blow your head experience like it is in NIN´s case, or that every member of the audience should be crowd surfing and smoking pot, but watching the Stones and Scorsese acting their age is does nothing for no one. Expand

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. The film does not stand up to the current crop of music/concert films like "U2 3D," which brilliantly uses 3-D to show the Irish band in concert so as to encapsulate its relationship to its fans, each other and their own music, and "CSNY: Deja Vu," which hones in on the political connection Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have to their music.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Martin Scorsese’s energetic account of a Stones concert at Gotham’s Beacon Theater in fall 2006 takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invigorating musical trip down memory lane, as well as to provoke gentle musings on the wages of aging and the passage of time.
  3. My favorite rock-concert movies, Jonathan Demme’s "Stop Making Sense" and "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," are organic: They chart a miraculous path from sound to soul. Scorsese stays on the outside, as befits his temperament and his subject. Yet there is, amid the whirligig spectacle, a spark of connection.