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Heavy Metal Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 5, 2014
Exemplifies the notion that the euphemism "adult material" almost exclusively denotes content which is chiefly of appeal to people other than adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 30, 2012
In 1981, this may have been state-of-the-art animation, but now it looks rudimentary, clunky, and flat. The writing, likewise, is flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
February 12, 2010
Archly stunted and incalculably influential
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill.

March 10, 2008
You have to conclude that its makers should have got out more.
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
...An unabashed crowd-pleaser. Whenever possible, it goes for the fight scene, the sex joke, the jiggly breasts...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 16, 2007
It's a mixed bag, but successful in a mindless, adolescent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 16, 2007
Some of the animation is first-rate, particularly in the more modest comedy segments, and even the heavy set pieces have greater flash and dazzle than anything Ralph Bakshi mustered around the same period.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fantasies that are gratuitously sexist and Fascist (macho whoring and warmongering), and whose roots reach all the way back to post-hippie paranoia, feed the tangled plot-lines of a movie that... should disappoint even the teenage wet-dreamers.
Christopher Null
July 25, 2005
Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Heavy Metal has been animated with great verve, and scored very well, with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dragan Antulov
May 14, 2003
Heavy Metal despite all of its flaws and anacrhonisms, nevertheless represents something of a refreshment in today's sterile climate.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
A bit of a mixed bag. Some eye popping animation, chock full of nudity, gore, and alien landscapes. The classic soundtrack is what makes it most worthwhile when the stories fall flat
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Wild animation, tons of blaring rock music, and fanboy wish fulfillment fantasies of the freakiest order. Good campy fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...visually stunning some of the time and stunningly juvenile the rest.
| Original Score: 6/10
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
This animated movie based on the comics of the same title is fun once you accept it on its own terms, i.e., brainless and adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A wildly sophomoric and stupid cartoon celebrating gore, rape and bad music.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This is simply exploitation on a very juvenile level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Reid
January 1, 2000
Asked if I wanted to see it again, I figured, why not? I would have remembered if it was really bad. But memory does play tricks.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A genuinely outrageous and occasionally brilliant coupling of American animation and classic early-Eighties heavy metal.
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