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100
New York Magazine (Vulture)
No other concert film has ever expressed so fervently the erotic root of rock. Seeing it is the opposite of taking a trip down memory lane; it's more like a plunge into the belly of the beast.
100
Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
100
Washington Post
Is "The Last Waltz" the greatest rock movie of all time? It makes its case persuasively in a restoration overseen by director Martin Scorsese and producer Robbie Robertson that's been released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the concert it made famous.
100
Chicago Tribune
The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period.
100
Variety
An outstanding rock documentary.
100
It's never been topped.
80
New Times (L.A.)
Scorsese's rockudrama withstands big-screen scrutiny some 24 years after its initial release.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The music probably sounds fine on a CD. Certainly it is well-rehearsed. But the overall sense of the film is of good riddance to a bad time.
70
Chicago Reader
Despite Scorsese's efforts, there just isn't much to look at, and the film plays less like a movie than an illustrated record album.
50
Village Voice
Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz proves Andrew's point by gathering so much talent into one theater that the stage buckles and the subject drops out of sight.

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