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  • Summary: A concert film of the rock band Talking Heads.
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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    By common consensus, Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species.
  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. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Morse
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    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. Collapse
  2. JaredC.
    Feb 21, 2008
    Pretty good show, but for a movie called Stop Making Sense. It should focus a little harder on how it doesn't make sense.