Stop Making Sense Synopsis
David Byrne and Talking Heads perform in concert at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983.

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San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Has there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. [Review of re-release]
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100

TV Guide

By common consensus, Stop Making Sense is the best concert film ever made.
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90

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Stop Making Sense is so beautifully choreographed that in some ways it's more like theater than a rock show. [Review of re-release]
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90

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group's own.
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Starting with Mick Jagger, rock concerts have become, for the performers, as much sporting events as musical and theatrical performances....
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80

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
It's 88 minutes of solid, inventive music, filmed in a straightforward manner that neither deifies the performers nor encourages an...
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50

Boston Globe

But as good as it is, the film falls short of translating the exaltation and near-gospel music feel of the band in full flight. [2 Nov 1984]
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Rated PG