Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
Watch On
  1. An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    88
    It is Bowie's alter ego as the androgynous Martian rock star that remains, 30 years later, his most enduring artistic achievement.
  3. Captures David Bowie's meticulous identity quest with all the frenetic energy (read: slop) of a wildlife documentary on drugs.
  4. A rare window into the apparatus and limitations of glam-rock.
  5. Musically, it's a mixed bag -- The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    60
    Being released at the same time that Bowie's latest album "Heathen" is being unveiled. Bowie fans who need a reason to celebrate the trajectory of the artist's career can make use of this cinematic Alpha and CD Omega.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    60
    For the first time in 30 years, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars appear on the movie screen as Pennebaker intended. It's almost worth the wait.
  8. 50
    Passingly engaging. But you emerge from the film knowing as much -- or, indeed, as little -- as when you went in, and that's not exactly what documentary filmmaking is all about.
  9. 50
    As a document of the ever-mutable musician's signature persona, a wraithlike androgyne with a head full of apocalyptic dreams, it's fascinating.
  10. 50
    It is billed as a "restored version," though the sound is still fuzzy and the image only occasionally rises to the level of murk.
  11. 40
    Somehow poor pacing and this lack of visual variety manage to make a great show seem boring.

There are no user reviews yet.