Metallica Through the Never Reviews

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August Brown
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2013
The problem is that Antal and Metallica took two different movies - a fine live-band document and a supernatural end-of-days romp - and smashed them together to make both of them more boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 3, 2013
A bold attempt to pimp a Metallica concert film falls short of initial promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
October 3, 2013
Watch Some Kind Of Monster instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Hynes
Slate
September 26, 2013
It's all very handsomely arranged, but even with the concert footage, nothing ever feels live.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 14, 2013
If Through the Never was a straight ahead concert film it would be a masterpiece of heavy metal showmanship. Yet this is a two headed beast, with one side charging forward while the other is sitting lame in a state of morose confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 6, 2013
Solely for hardcore Metallica fans, a 3D spectacular, immersive thrash metal music experience
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 26, 2013
This movie is basically "Spinal Tap" minus the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 26, 2013
Despite swooping camera movements and elaborate stagecraft, the film produces detachment rather than immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 27, 2013
In the real world, concerts build to a climax, then return for two or three more; on the screen, alas, "Metallica: Through the Never" just kind of peters out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2013
The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
October 3, 2013
This is a lame shaggy-dog narrative, and there's no one to blame but Metallica, who authorised Through the Never and take producing and writing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 27, 2013
If you're big into Metallica, you could very well eat this up. For the casual viewer who might have gotten a kick out of watching them in 'Some Kind of Monster,' this comes off more like 'Some Kind of Nothing.' (Full Parental Review also available)
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
September 26, 2013
An old-school music video stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 27, 2013
For Metallica fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: C plus
October 3, 2013
An exhilarating and immersive Metallica concert film twinned with a dark, trippy narrative following a roadie named Trip who pops a pill and goes on a mission to find a mysterious package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
September 29, 2013
A gigantic spectacle, a virtual-reality experience that is both ridiculous and sublime, sometimes in the same moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Serba
MLive.com
September 27, 2013
A rolling tank of a concert film, all audio-visual artillery, an exercise in bombast designed to tickle the denim-clad cockles of the hesher faithful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rugg
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
The most immersive concert film ever ...
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
October 4, 2013
Metallica Through the Never succeeds as an enthralling and visceral concert movie experience but fails to use the medium for a deeper level of artistic appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
September 27, 2013
Metallica: Through The Never is a fan experience like no other, but will only appeal to the die-hard demographic due to a minimalist storyline. Good thing I love my Metallica loud, full of pyrotechnics, and with a little Dane DeHaan...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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