Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
  2. Reviewed by: Edna Gundersen
    100
    In many ways delivers an experience that's even better than the real thing. It brings U2's dazzling rock spectacle to the multiplex with VIP comforts, all-access viewpoints and telescopic close-ups.
  3. Its dazzling blend of rock magic and 3-D technology just may be ushering in a whole new kind of musical theater.
  4. 100
    As the film opens with, predictably, "Vertigo" and its "Hello, Hello" refrain, it's his steady presence and unforced charisma that anchors each performance, allowing Bono to emote for all he's worth.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    100
    The performances, culled from seven shows on the “Vertigo” tour from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, burn with the old unforgettable fire.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    100
    Not merely a technical landmark -- shot entirely in digital 3D -- but also an aesthetic one, in that it’s the first Imax movie that deserves to be called a work of art.
  7. The 3-D visuals envelop you, majestically, and that effect fuses with the band's surround-sound rapture to create a full-scale sensory high. U2 3D makes you feel stoned on movies.
  8. 88
    The movie all but proclaims U2 the world's best rock band. Somewhere, Mick Jagger's jaws are grinding.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    88
    They may not be as cool as Bono's fly shades, but the plastic yellow glasses required for viewing U23D supply an amazing fly-on-the-amp view of the Irish rockers in their natural habitat.
  10. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    It's not for nothing that these guys are the world's finest live act.
  11. Reviewed by: Ann Powers
    80
    For this longtime U2 fan, the U2 3D experience wasn't quite sensual enough, but to quote another Bono lyric, others may find it "even better than the real thing."
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    The title says it all. Compact and exuberant, U2 3D may be no more than a pint-sized concert film with a lustrous surface, but the lensing is so vibrant and the music so buoyant, even nonfans may find their eyes popping and their heads bobbing.
  13. In many ways, watching the movie is BETTER than concertgoing. We can enjoy that buzzy feeling of community without the fist-pumping biker obscuring our view.
  14. The neatest effects in U2 3D are simple ones. The wow/coolness of watching a revered superstar tilt his mic stand toward the camera creates a simple but irresistible feeling of being there in the flesh, with a phalanx of expensive digital 3-D cameras.
  15. You have never seen a concert film like U2 3D, and it may change your expectations for the rest of your rocking years.
  16. Reviewed by: Jennifer Van Evra
    75
    The details are astounding. During "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," the camera is in so tight that you can see Bono's hand tremble around the mike as he belts out a long, sustained note.
  17. 70
    The 3-D element is unobtrusively handled, except when it perfectly re-creates the woman who's always perched on her boyfriend's shoulders in front of you at a concert.
  18. Reviewed by: Steven Hyden
    67
    The problem with U2 3D is that the U2 part is rarely as thrilling as the 3D part.
  19. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    50
    What it brings to the filming of a rock concert other than novelty remains to be seen.

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