• Released
  • February 21, 2014
  • (NYC / Feb 21st, Los Angeles / Mar 7th)
  • NR , 1 hr 20 min
  • Documentary
100

The Playlist

By Katie Walsh
Inspirational, entertaining, and absolutely awards-caliber (from first-time director Karasawa), Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me offers up an indelible and rare experience in cinematic form—it’s simply an absolute treat to be able to spend this much intimate time with such a legendary lady.
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100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
At 88, after nearly seven decades in show business, Ms. Stritch is sharp, funny, brittle, caustic, demanding, exaggerated, critical (especially of herself) and infuriating. She is also elaborately unique and awesomely brilliant.
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91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
The contrast between the movie’s traditional execution and Stritch’s domineering powers create the lingering sense that she may be the project’s true auteur.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In Shoot Me, she wears her spiked cynicism like a cutting form of grace, and everyone around her (including audiences) gets healed by it.
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90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
On a deeper level, Shoot Me is an unflinchingly honest examination of a woman who is aware that the end is approaching.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
So cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
This is a must-see for anyone who loves theater, acting and especially individuals like Elaine Stritch unafraid to bare their souls — so all of us can gain more insight into the complicated essence of the human condition.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
To millions, Stritch is the Emmy-winning actress who did "30 Rock," playing Alec Baldwin's mom. Those people who don't know the rest of her story should take the 82 minutes to see this.
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Karasawa deftly orchestrates the sometimes hairpin tonal shifts, never veering towards the saccharine; if she did, Stritch would probably shoot her.
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80

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The kind of movie fans will be quoting for the rest of their lives, Shoot Me, from director-producer Chiemi Karasawa, is as much a playdate as portrait, a jumble of salty highlights attesting to the pleasure of her company.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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