Madonna At The Super Bowl: Review Revue

Feb 6th, 2012 // 12 Comments

Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance was a glowing spectacle that offered a sampling of the pop queen’s lengthy back catalog of hits and boasted a slew of guests like Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green and LMFAO. Of course, M.I.A. was there, too, and she made sure all of America knew the size and shape of her middle finger during “Give Me All Your Luvin’”. Naturally, the Internet at large chimed in with several opinions of the show. Catch our roundup of the reviews below!

:: The Atlantic called Madge’s spectacle the perfect pep rally for pop music: “It’s a credit to cinematography and choreography that for the near entirety of a Super Bowl halftime performance with so, so much to look at, Madonna remained the center of attention.”

:: The Los Angeles Times thought the Material Girl shined: “In many ways, Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show delivered the Full Madonna. Who else could have gotten away with that superabundant spectacle of choreography and showmanship, booming beats and cheeky camp, replete with a phalanx of blinged and buffed faux gladiators?”

::Dlisted raved about the performance in a very Dlisted manner: “Madge LIP-SYNCHED FOR HER LIFE (and I think she fucked it up), LMFAO are like outcast Fraggles on low grade meth and Cee-Lo looked like a fat T-Rex dressed like a gay priest. Just every layer and shade of WTF. What I’m saying is, I think I liked it for that very reason.”

:: Chart Rigger got into M’s groove: “So many wigs were snatched, and Madge simply used them as pom poms.”

:: CNN noted the following: “Madonna had promised a performance without scandal, and for the most part that’s what she gave (one of the singer’s many guest performers, M.I.A., apparently didn’t get the memo).”

:: NPR wondered whether M.I.A.’s middle finger during “Give Me All Your Luvin’” was that big of a deal: “On the one hand (so to speak), it’s an obscene gesture and it theoretically might have been seen by more than 100 million Americans. On the other hand… middle fingers have been popping up with increasing frequency for several years now.”

:: Pitchfork gave M.I.A. a spanking: “…in the few bars Madonna was kind enough to grant her during the biggest television event of the year, M.I.A.’s message to America was simply, ‘Fuck you.’ Well, in M.I.A.’s own words, the little people will never win, but they can fuck shit up. Success might be the best revenge, but apparently, being an asshole is forever.”

:: The Guardian touched on the similarities between Madonna’s entrance and the theme of Kylie Minogue’s last tour: “Pop fandom in 2012 is characterized by a frenzied desire to pit female artists against each other in their own gladiatorial battle of who-copied-who, and Minogue fans immediately started squealing about similarities to Kylie’s Aphrodite Les Folies tour. Why can’t we all just get along?”

:: Finally, Pink Is The New Blog summed the whole performance up with this: “Let’s be real … Madonna killed it. Haters will hate, imitating popstars will try and emulate … but there can really only EVER be one Madonna.”

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  1. It was the best halftime show in a long time, but Vogue and Like a Prayer greatly out-shined her newest single. As for MIA’s middle finger… we see people get maimed, murdered and raped on TV all the time. Is a middle finger really a big deal?

  2. Juvi

    Sorry i don’t know how old you guys are but you must be more than 30 to say thinks like that, and i don’t care about madonna anymore. A woman who is called “Queen of Pop” and was only performing halftime show because Lady Gaga wanted too. Redicilous, a real reasonable human wouldn’t act so stupid, and the stage IS COPIED and i even don’t like Kylie Minogue. For me she is the queen of ignorance/annoying not more or less.
    I’m 15 and love Lady Gaga, Skrillex, Wynter Gordon, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus. I’m gay but when i hear songs of these artist I can let my freak out, chill, and feel save… many good feelings. Madonna songs have not a real meaning anymore like Frozen, Like a Prayer when even the Original Singer lipsync them. SAD

  3. forshame52

    She sucked old and a has been.

  4. It was… reductive.

  5. charmed69

    She’s “Madonna” period!

  6. josh

    the production was amazing, although like people said before is not original, but i was impressed by her dancing but the deal breaker for me was her miming.
    she was lip syncing and it was obvious because she missed the que sometimes and nicki minaj did too

    for me you shouldn’t be called a performer if you dont sing ur songs completely live
    its okay to have a backing track but miming and lip sycing is unacceptable

  7. daniel

    total Kylie rip off!!!!1

  8. Charles

    Your opinion stopped being valid at the mentioning of Skrillex. Bye

  9. steven

    Production was amazing though its a total rip off from Kylie’s Aphrodite Tour. It’s embarassing to call yourself “Queen of Pop” and yet you can’t even sing live or dance even with the miming! MJ, Bruce and Prince and even the lackluster performance of The Black Eyed Peas were live – Madonna is all about image with little talent.

  10. Marty

    I was hoping for something original and shocking considering its Madonna, but i was very disappointed to see that its a recycle of what has been done before.

    Her voice sounded like she had in the 80s – which is good (maybe they were playing the songs from her old ablum and mashed it up), she didnt sing live, her dance was a bit awkward, the pom pom segment was corny at its best, the Like A Prayer scene was pretty much predictable (how many times do we have to see a gospel choir singing behind her). Madonna trying to be gaga, rihanna, and perry seemed like a last act of desperation. I think she should do songs/album that is more appropriate for her age. Remember Cher with her “Believe” album?

  11. cheri

    it was really terrible! she looks like a fool — her movements are stiff, she used to be a good dancer, but this was really bad — she should have stopped while she was at her peak. She just looks like an old lady who can’t accept she’s not a 20 something anymore. She needs to focus on her product lines — her singing/dancing days are way over…embarrassed for her.

  12. ivan

    Wow I thought I was the only one that saw she was stiff, moved old. I don’t know what the reviewers saw. I thought her back was injured or something, she moved so creaky. There was one moment that she was supposed to step up on the bleachers and fell back and had to try again. She looked like she had no rythym, which surprised me. Body looked great, but at her age she should shift to a style more appropriate to her age. Frank Sinatra was a star forever because he evolved with his age, and Elvis became a caricature because he didn’t. The last time I saw The Rolling Stones, I remember thinking Mick looked like a clown, and I used to be a huge fan.

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