Stop Making Sense

Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    It's 88 minutes of solid, inventive music, filmed in a straightforward manner that neither deifies the performers nor encourages an illusory intimacy, but presents the musicians simply as people doing their job and enjoying it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. [Review of re-release]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species.
  8. By common consensus, Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 30, 2016
    9
    Stop Making Sense shows that this movie doesn't need to make sense in order for it to be great. Likely, there's a lot of films that needs toStop Making Sense shows that this movie doesn't need to make sense in order for it to be great. Likely, there's a lot of films that needs to make sense in order for them to look great. All I can say is.... Stop Making Sense, please! Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    Incredible - The cameras manage to capture both the grandiosity of the stage production and the intimacy of the flawless performance, settingIncredible - 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 »
  3. 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.