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Heavy Metal Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2012
Fernando F. Croce

Archly stunted and incalculably influential

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 12, 2010
Variety Staff
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Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009


You have to conclude that its makers should have got out more.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 10, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

...An unabashed crowd-pleaser. Whenever possible, it goes for the fight scene, the sex joke, the jiggly breasts...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a mixed bag, but successful in a mindless, adolescent way.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 16, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Christopher Null

Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2005
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Dragan Antulov

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

May 14, 2003
Brian Mckay

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

March 21, 2003
Scott Weinberg

Wild animation, tons of blaring rock music, and fanboy wish fulfillment fantasies of the freakiest order. Good campy fun.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...visually stunning some of the time and stunningly juvenile the rest.

| Original Score: 6/10

April 8, 2001
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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 Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A genuinely outrageous and occasionally brilliant coupling of American animation and classic early-Eighties heavy metal.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner

A wildly sophomoric and stupid cartoon celebrating gore, rape and bad music.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is simply exploitation on a very juvenile level.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Reid
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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.

January 1, 2000
Jeff Gilbert
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Regardless of its dated stylishness (which still holds up remarkably well a decade plus later), Heavy Metal was a pioneering film in 1981 and remains a pivitol and infuential body of art today.

January 1, 2000
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