End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones Reviews

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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2004
A deliriously musical portrait of a band that became famous and legendary without the headlining stardom that usually accompanies that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 19, 2004
A comprehensive look at the punk pioneers that never wears out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
The revelations may even deepen your appreciation for the music -- it's incredible that so much dumb fun was generated out of such pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2004
A film that does a fine job explaining their importance without airbrushing their foibles.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 29, 2004
A satisfying, straightforward documentary with great archive footage and interviews with band members ... and those they influenced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 29, 2004
Engaging documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 19, 2004
[A] compelling film.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2004
Offers a fascinating chronicle of the birth, glory days and waning years of a motorcycle-jacketed, bowl-haircutted quartet of middle-class geeks who unwittingly spawned the punk movement.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 14, 2004
A rough-hewn jewel of a documentary that chronicles the rise, demise and troublesome personal lives of the loud, fast New York City quartet synonymous with the term punk rock.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mark Brown
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 8, 2004
For music fanatics and for Ramones fans, there's a sad story and a peek behind the creative process that made the band's trademark music.
| Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 6, 2004
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Lou Carlozo
Chicago Tribune
September 23, 2004
Does justice to the humble punk band from Queens that influenced everyone from The Clash and Sex Pistols to U2 and Green Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
Gramaglia and Fields have uncovered plenty of good historical footage, and the interviews with band members, managers, friends and peer fans confirm not only how influential, but how beloved the Ramones were, particularly the ever-visible Joey.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
It gets on the cinematic record that the Ramones were here, and that they mattered.
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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 16, 2004
Chronicles their 30-year history in a style befitting the band: bare-bones, frank, nonsensationalized and adamantly unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2004
What audiences will want to talk about is the way the film reveals the quixotic human dynamic between the band members, the personal neuroses that simultaneously kept the group together and pulled it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Falling James
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
It does pry much deeper into the band's unexpectedly complex and contradictory personalities -- particularly when it comes to the more-tragic- than-comic feud over a girl between lefty lead singer Joey and defiantly conservative guitarist Johnny Ramone.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 3, 2004
An essential addition to the growing (and inherently ironic) field of Punkology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2004
Details the group's raucous history with humor and a minimum of hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 27, 2004
This is an exhaustive survey, not just of the Ramones, but of the entire underground music scene in New York (and abroad) in the late 1970s.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
August 24, 2004
The first half of the film is a by-the-numbers rock docu. But at the halfway mark, the personalities and psychoses of the performers become as interesting as the history, and the documentary morphs into an involving human drama.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 23, 2004
More than most rock documentaries, End of the Century captures the strain of any group effort, and the toll the hard-rock life can take.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 22, 2004
Fields and Gramaglia suggest, without having to twist our arms, that the Ramones helped change the course of our cultural history. They didn't just usher in the end of the century: They gave it its second wind.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 20, 2004
A thorough, gutsy and appropriately scuzzy-looking documentary by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, featuring rare footage and interviews with the stars of the CBGB era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 20, 2004
Unvarnished and raw as the punk pioneers whose turbulent trajectory it traces, End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is a true fan's nirvana.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 19, 2004
This absorbing documentary by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields traces the history of the seminal punk rock band in exhaustive detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 19, 2004
Fulfills its ambition to give these lost boys from Queens their considerable props, not least as inspiration for arty outcasts everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Christgau
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
Johnny's analysis and will carry the film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2004
It's hard not to feel that the Ramones, who never had a hit record, were the greatest band in 50 years to be stonewalled out of success.
Full Review | Original Score: B+