The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane
The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane
Rolling Stones' Crossfire Hurricane
London Film Festival 2012
The title, lifted from Jumping Jack Flash, is a neat evocation of the fast-moving, jump-cutting style of a highly entertaining, pungently nostalgic documentary about the career of “the world’s greatest rock and roll band” (a catchphrase helpfully uttered on camera by a fan). Cramming 50 years into two hours, however, the sense is not so much of weathering terrifying winds as being swept along by surging waves. Contextualising their career with cleverly sourced archive footage, Crossfire Hurricane presents the Stones not as masters of their own destiny but as pop culture surfers battling their way through a series of storms.

Screen Daily - Crossfire Hurricane Review
Screen Daily - Crossfire Hurricane Review

Produced by Mick Jagger, Crossfire Hurricane is billed as The Rolling Stones’ personal take on the band as the craggy rockers hit their 50th anniversary. It’s both engrossingly more and frustratingly less than that, effectively cutting out in the early 1980s after an almost two-hour blast of colour and candour which should make it prescribed viewing for Stones fans.



The frankness with which all surviving band (and former band) members attempt to tackle their much younger selves is unexpected and director Brett Morgen rises to the challenge to blend their words with a dazzling array of images. Although much of this is well-known and has been competently dealt with on film elsewhere...


The Hollywood Reporter - Crossfire Hurricane
The Rolling Stones' Crossfire Hurricane:
Film Review

Back in 1990, the surviving members of the Rolling Stones assembled on screen for Nigel Finch’s well-regarded mid-career documentary 25x5. But for this 50th anniversary retrospective, director Brett Morgen did not even get to turn his camera on the aging British rockers. Though the audio soundtrack includes new interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and their fellow Stones, the visuals are a skillfully edited patchwork entirely drawn from existing archive footage.



Coinciding with a new greatest hits album and series of anniversary concerts, Crossfire Hurricane offers little new to even the most casual Stones fan. Fortunately, these Mount Rushmore-faced rock icons still have sufficiently supercharged charisma and brilliant music to carry off such a transparently commercial exercise in self-promotion...


The Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricane
Empire - Crossfire Hurricane

Given the hoopla surrounding its world premiere at the London Film Festival last week, only the most jaded of fans would begrudge the ageing rockers revisiting their story for the umpteenth time on screen.

As a point of difference, there are fresh interviews with Stones past and present – including former bassist Bill Wyman (credited as a historical consultant) and one-time axe man Mick Taylor.

Although, since the Stones themselves are producing, these refreshingly candid narrative threads are kept as audio devices only. So, rather than see the grizzled veterans as they are today, their glory days, as the flag-bearers of the anti-establishment, are visually recounted, through a blizzard of live performance footage, newsreels and, at one point, Channel Nine’s Brian Henderson passing comment on the former bad boys of rock.

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