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Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 122
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Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how Metallica survives one of their more turbulent periods.

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Critic Reviews: 33
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Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how Metallica survives one of their more turbulent periods.

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Award-winning filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (of the Paradise Lost films on HBO) direct Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a documentary about rock stars in therapy. After 20 years of heavy metal, a few members of Metallica decide to hire psychologist Phil Towle to work out some group tensions during the making of their album St. Anger. Most of the therapy sessions involve drummer Lars Ulrich and singer/guitarist James Hetfield, with some input from guitarist Kirk Hammett. Also

Jan 25, 2005

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Fans of the band will love the revealing footage, especially landmark moments such as bassist auditions (more famous names showed up than the one they picked) and encounters with the ex-Metallica members (Newsted and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine).

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If you're a fan, you will almost certainly be touched by this effort to put an entire dysfunctional band on the couch. And if you're not, well, you're going to giggle.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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An unflinching and often hilarious look at the humanity of these heavy-metal gods.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Serious, funny, frustrating and touching.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Fans will undoubtedly thrive on every second. For the rest of us, Monster is precisely that: a creature powerful but ungainly.

July 30, 2004
Detroit News
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A mostly terrific documentary about a mostly terrible album. Despite derisory poor-me whining, it captures fragility and fear in Metallica's questioned relevancy, considered disbandment and the closest things to tears they can muster for each other.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is a masterpiece of rock 'n roll documentary filmmaking, and has set the bar high for those who attempt it in the future.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Overlong, but interesting documentary of heavy metal band Metallica.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Probing study of dysfunctional heavy metal band

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A magnificent documentary! I talked about it for seven days afterwards.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

What the film lacks in music, it makes up for with emotional upheavals and conflict.

December 17, 2004

It's hard for me to grok why Metallica is the most popular or the most hated heavy-metal band there ever was.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
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Who else would give documentary filmmakers this kind of access to their lives? I'll tell you who: Anna Nicole Smith, and any of the has-beens from The Surreal Life.

November 18, 2004 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

You don't need to be a Metallica fan to appreciate this well-done documentary.

October 9, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Easier to like and admire than the album that spawned it.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

[Shows] less 'the majesty of rock' ... than the banal yet ultimately far more inspirational reality of flawed human beings confronting their demons and getting down to (admittedly big money) business.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Perhaps the most dynamic and enthralling cinematic storytelling ever to emerge from the mystique-shrouded fog of rock 'n' roll relationships.

September 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Too long...For them to allow their petulant disagreements to be so widely seen indicates that they are either amazingly mature and self-confident, or amazingly masochistic.

September 21, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

The real beauty of "Metallica" is its understanding of a business, and a fan base, that provide no way to age gracefully while retaining musical credibility.

September 9, 2004 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

Whether you know everything or nothing about Metallica, it will rock you.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

it's truly laudable that the band let them keep filming, even after what was originally intended to be a "making of" puff piece turns into an intense psychodrama.

September 2, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's something so right about seeing multimillionaire metal monsters reduced to crybabies, slamming doors, flinging passive-aggresive insults and pouting like 8-year-olds.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A cultural document of significance and insight about group dynamics, the creative process and the business of being Metallica.

August 26, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's not the sort of film that will make you like its subjects, but you will understand them and appreciate their power.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Metallica - Some Kind of Monster

A knitty-gritty documentary on the greatest heavy metal band in history. The in-depth prospective and real-life struggle of the aging forefathers of thrash is a unique vision that makes every emotion as loud and powerful as the notes and chords strummed or drumbeat. 4.5/5
August 6, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Some Kind of Monster is a wonderful look into a band that is gradually falling apart. To be quite honest though, it was nowhere near as bad as I had been led to believe. Sure there are some spats between band mates, but it never got to violent excess. In fact, all it did show was their passion as each one believed in what was right for the music. At one point Lars even agrees, when discussing the naming of the album, as he didn't see Frantic as having any negative connotations. This shows a band where a member has just left and another is battling addiction. Of course there are going to be some arguments. I felt that above all this showed a band of 20 years continuing to mature. There are some very emotional moments, such as the scene with Dave Mustaine, as he talks about feeling betrayed and number 2 for all these years. The chemistry between Hetfield and Ulrich is that of a married couple prone to arguing, but you can still feel the love. As for Hammett, he is their awkward child stuck in the middle hoping it's all gonna be alright. A great film about music, business, passion, and ego.
August 26, 2011
kiriyamakazou

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When I was in my early teens, I was a diehard Metallica fan. In fact their 1984 album 'Ride The Lightning" is responsible for my love of Heavy Metal music. Unfortunately came many events such as the infamous Napster lawsuit and the like. For years we Metallica fans wanted a new record, and we got "St Anger" a raw, gritty stripped album of Metallica's famous sound, this film shows how that album came to be. The film takes a rather unorthodox look at how a Metal band is trying to pull through by having a group therapist session so they can discuss their issues as a band. This is a stunning portrait of one of Heavy Metal's most beloved bands as they hit rock bottom. For us, the fans, it's interesting, but it's also painful to watch. Seeing Lars Ulrich whine like a baby constantly was a joke and all. I thought the documentary was good, but it was just two guys not Seeing Eye to eye for two hours. I mean you'd never see this type of crap from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and other Metal Icons. It's sad to see one of Metal's toughest bands go into this downward spiral, but at the same it's cool. However, I would've loved to see a documentary on the band sort of like Sam Dunn's Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. Maybe one day Metallica fans will get that. Until then, we have a brutally honest documentary that has its great moments, but it's definitely not an iconic documentary.
August 24, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Even though I'm a really big fan of Metallica, anyone interensted in Metal, music, documentaries, or film in general needs to see this.
September 14, 2009
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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