Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 17, 2012
    83
    If you've never heard of LCD Soundsystem or cared much for the group's work, Shut Up and Play the Hits still manages to explore the prospects of fame and contemporary rock music's lasting relevance.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    9
    If you're a fan of LCD Soundsystem this is an absolute must see. Even if you're just a fan of music in general and are not familiar with the band, you'll likely still enjoy this movie. The editing on this "documentary" is flawless. The film begins the morning after the show. James Murphy (frontman of the band for those that don't know) is waking up, hungover after their final show at MSG. He ends up meeting up with Chuck Klosterman (a brilliant writer) for an interview at a restaraunt/cafe. As the interview begins the movie cuts back and forth from the day after the show, the interview with Klosterman, and the footage of the show itself. Everything transitions as smoothly as it can. The footage from the show is absolutely incredible. LCD Soundsystem is known for their high energy, and emotional performances and the live concert footage couldn't be better. You pretty much feel like you're on stage with James Murphy and the band. LCD fans will love the fact that the songs in the movie are played in their entirety most of the time. Watching them play songs like, "All My Friends", "Us Vs. Them", "Jump Into the Fire", "Losing My Edge" etc. is a somewhat euphoric experience. Beyond the amazing live footage, Klosterman asks Murphy great questions. The final question he asks him is a brilliant question. Before asking the question Klosterman talks about how actors/athletes/musicians are remembered for the successes, but defined by their failure. He comes right out and asks Murphy what his biggest failure was. It's a ballsy question, and Murphy is visibly caught off guard. I won't say what Murphy's answer is, but I found it to be very interesting. Murphy and LCD were in the prime of their music career. They were as succesful as you could possibly be without selling out, had a loyal fan base, yet decided to quit early. It's sad that they quit, but this movie gives you a look into the mind of Murphy and why he decided to walk away from the music that he loved to make. Full Review »
  2. Aug 2, 2012
    5
    Of course this movie is f***in' 10!!! I am a huge fan of LCD Soundsystem ! But why should I give it 5? Well, the problem is that I'm brazilian, and I can't simply travel to the USA to watch this movie on a theatre. I could, but money and time are problems too. WHY JAMES MURPHY? WHY DID YOU PUT YOUR FLAWLESS MOVIE ON NORTH-AMERICAN THEATRES FOR A LIMITED TIME?!? Full Review »