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Shine a Light

Biography . Music . Documentary

Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band.

Actors: Tim Ries , Blondie Chaplin , Dorothy Howell Rodham , Buddy Guy , Jack White , Christina Aguilera , Ron Wood , Ronnie Wood , Charlie Watts , Keith Richards , Mick Jagger
Directors: Martin Scorsese
Country: USA
Release: 2008-04-04
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  • Roger Ebert

    May be the most intimate documentary ever made about a live rock 'n' roll concert. Certainly it has the best coverage of the performances onstage.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joel Selvin

    An exhilarating documentary.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    An altogether astounding testimony to the band's longevity, vitality and verve.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    An exhilarating musical experience.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Shine a Light has two maestros, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, and once they begin to mesh, around the third or fourth song, they put on a display of showmanship that erases the line between art and entertainment.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Shine a Light may not be the last Rolling Stones movie, but it's likely to be the last one with a touch of the poet about it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    As the director of the documentary Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese is a besotted rock ’n’ roll fan who wholeheartedly embraces its mythology.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Raoul Hernandez

    Dedicated to Atlantic Records fountainhead Ahmet Ertegun, whose complications from injuries sustained in a tumble backstage at the Beacon resulted in his death, let the record show that a lifetime of musical innovation concluded with dying not at but FROM a Rolling Stones concert.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This you-are-there spellbinder is a master director shining his light on the best rock band on the planet.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Shine a Light is one of those lions-in-winter affairs, and Jagger, who has a body fat count of negative 67, can still dance like a maniacal popinjay, and Richards still looks like a satyr who has stayed up all night every night of his adult life.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Shine a Light provides the clearest and most intimate viewing experience of the band to date. It is also a happy circumstance that the group, now in their mid-60s, have rarely sounded tighter.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Elysa Gardner

    The genius of Scorsese's film, which is being shown in IMAX in 93 theaters, is that it reveals the Stones' mortality while celebrating all that makes them more than mere mortals.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Shine a Light did something I didn't think was possible. It got me caring about the Rolling Stones again.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    In Shine a Light, a crackling concert movie directed by Martin Scorsese, the Rolling Stones are now so old that they seem new again.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Shine A Light pays tribute to the band's essential agelessness.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Shine A Light is essentially just an expertly made concert film. But what a concert! (And what a camera team.)

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Will Lawrence

    A triumph for Scorsese and a document for the band, Shine A Light is a five-star experience for Stones fans. For those less enamoured with the ageing rockers, it goes a long way to explaining their longevity.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Ansen

    This movie is about giving us a privileged glimpse of the Stones in action. It's a record of an astonishing musical chemistry that has been evolving, with no signs of calcification, for nearly five decades. As a bonus, there are delicious guest appearances by Buddy Guy and Jack White.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Shine a Light isn't the record of a unique event, so it's not on the exalted level of "The Last Waltz." But it has its own fascination. The film is less about the music than about the dedication of show-biz troupers--about doing your job, year after year, as if it's your joy.

    Time Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Vibrant and engaging documentary.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Jagger is often shot straight-on, veiny arms outstretched, white-hot lights illuminating his skinny form (and, um, bared belly). Suddenly, Scorsese turns what seemed familiar into genuinely iconic. From then on, the movie is on fire.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones "documentary" (i.e. concert film) is a first: the only Scorsese film that does not feature the Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Really. I think the Dalai Lama even hummed the guitar solo in "Kundun."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Scorsese's canny use of archival footage makes it more than a mere concert film.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    It's kind of amusing to see slinky Christina Aguilera sing the "Live With Me" line about a score of harebrained children, as she clearly hasn't got the faintest idea of what that means.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Ultimately, Shine a Light is illuminating indeed, even fascinating, but not in the way Scorsese intended. What he has created, inadvertently, is an invaluable documentation of semi-fossilized Stones – musicologists may like it, sociologists should love it and, some distant day, anthropologists will treasure it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    My favorite rock-concert movies, Jonathan Demme’s "Stop Making Sense" and "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," are organic: They chart a miraculous path from sound to soul. Scorsese stays on the outside, as befits his temperament and his subject. Yet there is, amid the whirligig spectacle, a spark of connection.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    To call Shine a Light a documentary doesn’t quite nail it; it’s more of a macro-mentary, shot in such tight close-up that you can see the fillings in Mick’s teeth and the sweat stains in the armpits of his sequined magenta top.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Martin Scorsese’s energetic account of a Stones concert at Gotham’s Beacon Theater in fall 2006 takes full advantage of heavy camera coverage and top-notch sound to create an invigorating musical trip down memory lane, as well as to provoke gentle musings on the wages of aging and the passage of time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    Feast for Rolling Stones fans.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Despite Scorsese's efforts to pump up some drama - the director, with his signature glasses and Groucho brows, gets huffy about not receiving a set list - drama is sorely lacking. This is just a concert film.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Camille Dodero

    Shine a Light's only point seems to be: You try this at 60. One would hope that, after "The Last Waltz" and "No Direction Home," Scorsese might venture beyond making a glossy episode of "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Nope, and we're not supposed to question it: Like the Stones, Marty's earned the right to coast, especially in his senior years.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    At times, the cutting shifts from the hasty to the impatient to the borderline epileptic, and, while never doubting Scorsese’s ardor for the Stones, I got the distinct impression of a style in search of a subject.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The film does not stand up to the current crop of music/concert films like "U2 3D," which brilliantly uses 3-D to show the Irish band in concert so as to encapsulate its relationship to its fans, each other and their own music, and "CSNY: Deja Vu," which hones in on the political connection Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have to their music.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Outdated before it opened today.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's a late-night infomercial masquerading as a concert movie, more an advertisement for vitality than a picture of vitality itself. There's something self-congratulatory, preening, about both the performance and the filmmaking. Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Naturally, age and infirmity are a major subtext of Shine a Light (and, really, any movie featuring Keith Richards). No matter how cadaverous the Stones appear, they keep climbing onstage, and I’ll miss them when they’re finally gone.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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