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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. No other concert film has ever expressed so fervently the erotic root of rock. Seeing it is the opposite of taking a trip down memory lane; it's more like a plunge into the belly of the beast.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    100
    Is "The Last Waltz" the greatest rock movie of all time? It makes its case persuasively in a restoration overseen by director Martin Scorsese and producer Robbie Robertson that's been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the concert it made famous.
  3. One of the rare rock films that produces the effect of a live concert: After each number, the audience erupts into applause.
  4. Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    80
    From a technical perspective, it's undoubtedly the most impressive and authentic concert film ever made.
  6. Scorsese's rockudrama withstands big-screen scrutiny some 24 years after its initial release.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Goldfein
    50
    Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz proves Andrew's point by gathering so much talent into one theater that the stage buckles and the subject drops out of sight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. EtanC.
    Mar 1, 2006
    10
    Greatest concert film ever created. A true masterpiece
  2. MatthewW.
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    Simply the best rock-u-mentry I have ever seen!
  3. Tam
    Sep 12, 2007
    10
    I've never seen any other concert video even come close to this. They have captured a piece of what I can only imagine attending one of I've never seen any other concert video even come close to this. They have captured a piece of what I can only imagine attending one of their shows would've been like. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    10
    What started out as a concert transformed into a celebration. In the fall of 1976, The Band played their final concert, documented by MartinWhat started out as a concert transformed into a celebration. In the fall of 1976, The Band played their final concert, documented by Martin Scorsese, and is widely considered one of the finest rock films ever made. A wide range of musical quests: Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Dr. John, Emmylou Harris among others. Martin Scorsese masterfully captures their interactions on stage, while off stage he interviews each member (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm) sharing their experiences from sixteen years on the road. To quote Robbie Robertson: "We wanted it to be more than a "final concert". We wanted it to be a celebration: The Last Waltz. For additional reviews visit: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/member/Nesbitt10 Expand
  5. MM.
    Jan 23, 2008
    10
    The Last Waltz transcends its genre AND transcends its medium -- it is, simply, a remarkable work that succeeds both as Art and as Fun. My The Last Waltz transcends its genre AND transcends its medium -- it is, simply, a remarkable work that succeeds both as Art and as Fun. My favorite moment: Look into Neil Young's eyes at he sings "Helpless" (harder than it sounds, given the jaw-dropping beauty and intensity of his performance). The whitewalls around his nostrils may have been edited out, but the manic, cocaine-fueled thousand-yard stare remains for posterity to enjoy. And as a bonus, you understand why Neil scared the living bejeebus out of Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, and the rest of the "Canyon Rock" royalty when he so famously threatened, in song, to "kill them in their cars." God bless him :-) Expand
  6. JimD.
    Jan 19, 2010
    4
    Everybody ought to read Levon Helm's book, "This Wheel's On Fire" before they render their judgments. The movie's a fraud and Everybody ought to read Levon Helm's book, "This Wheel's On Fire" before they render their judgments. The movie's a fraud and it, Marty Scorcese and Robbie Robertson ought to be tarred and feathered out of the same pot. Expand

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