Stop Making Sense

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. 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.
  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, 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.
  3. 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 to make sense in order for them to look great. All I can say is.... Stop Making Sense, please!
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Steve Morse
    50
    But as good as it is, the film falls short of translating the exaltation and near-gospel music feel of the band in full flight. [2 Nov 1984]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.