Gimme Shelter (1970) Synopsis
Filmmakers Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin show the Rolling Stones' 1969 California concert.

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Miami Herald

By Curtis Morgan
Remains a remarkable, almost timeless study.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Timeless, and as fine a depiction of human folly as you're likely to see at the movies.
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100

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Movies don't get any more real than this.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Remains the only rock & roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller.
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100

Boston Globe

The impact of this stunning film - and the lessons to be learned from it - are as remarkable as when it was first released 30 years ago.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
Signals the real end of the party, charting a denouement that arcs from blissful ignorance to violence and its ever-present threat to a...
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80

Variety

Captures that petulant omnisexuality that made many adults consider Jagger a threat to their daughters, sons and household pets alike.
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76

Mr. Showbiz

By
Disturbing, powerful essay on one aspect of the rock and drug culture at the end of the 1960s.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The topic is well-suited to the Maysles brothers, who helped pioneer reality-centered "direct cinema" techniques.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By
It remains as unsettling as ever.
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Gimme Shelter

By Pserchia
Gimme Shelter, starring the Rolling Stones, is one of my very favorite films, not just a favorite documentary. I own it on DVD but you can't beat seeing a great movie on the big screen in an audience...

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