Metallica: Some Kind of Monster Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2010
An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 1, 2005
Overlong, but interesting documentary of heavy metal band Metallica.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 27, 2005
Probing study of dysfunctional heavy metal band
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 4, 2005
A magnificent documentary! I talked about it for seven days afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 17, 2004
What the film lacks in music, it makes up for with emotional upheavals and conflict.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2004
It's hard for me to grok why Metallica is the most popular or the most hated heavy-metal band there ever was.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 18, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 9, 2004
You don't need to be a Metallica fan to appreciate this well-done documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
October 8, 2004
Easier to like and admire than the album that spawned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
September 23, 2004
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan J. Downey
Premiere Magazine
September 21, 2004
Perhaps the most dynamic and enthralling cinematic storytelling ever to emerge from the mystique-shrouded fog of rock 'n' roll relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
September 21, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
September 9, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
September 4, 2004
Whether you know everything or nothing about Metallica, it will rock you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 2, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 27, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 26, 2004
A cultural document of significance and insight about group dynamics, the creative process and the business of being Metallica.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2004
It's not the sort of film that will make you like its subjects, but you will understand them and appreciate their power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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