Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. [Review of re-release]
  2. Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress rehearsal of a garage band and builds into a mighty, exhausting spectacle that shakes as much ass as it kicks. [Review of re-release]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    By common consensus, Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made.
  4. 90
    Stop Making Sense is so beautifully choreographed that in some ways it's more like theater than a rock show. [Review of re-release]
  5. Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group's own.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species.
  7. 88
    Starting with Mick Jagger, rock concerts have become, for the performers, as much sporting events as musical and theatrical performances. Stop Making Sense understands that with great exuberance.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    Incredible - The cameras manage to capture both the grandiosity of the stage production and the intimacy of the flawless performance, setting a near insurmountable standard for capturing the energy of live footage. David Byrne's antics alone are also reason enough for checking it out. Full Review »
  2. JaredC.
    Feb 21, 2008
    7
    Pretty good show, but for a movie called Stop Making Sense. It should focus a little harder on how it doesn't make sense.