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  • Summary: Newly restored for its 30th anniversary, this glam-rock classic features David Bowie as his gender-bending alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, in his final performance, given at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
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  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    Somehow poor pacing and this lack of visual variety manage to make a great show seem boring.

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