Kevin Mazur
Simon Vozick-Levinson
July 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shine a Light

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
121 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/04/08
performer
The Rolling Stones
director
Martin Scorsese
distributor
Paramount Vantage
genre
Documentary, musical

We gave it an B-

Four decades after it hit wax, ”Jumpin’ Jack Flash” remains as blazingly vital as ever. The same can’t necessarily be said of the Stones, who hurry awkwardly through the opening tune in Martin Scorsese’s concert documentary Shine a Light. The aging gods later loosen up, particularly in duets with Jack White, Christina Aguilera, and blues master Buddy Guy — though a gladhanding cameo from the Clintons feels superfluous. A featurette, meanwhile, shows the band kidding around in interviews and testing out their set list during rehearsals. Playing to a nearly empty venue, the Stones finally show the kind of genuine joy that’s missing from much of the main event. B-

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