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Metallica Through the Never Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2013
Even as someone who finds Metallica's music silly (ditto the movie's incoherent apocalyptic fantasy sequences), I was floored by much of the visual imagination.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 1, 2013
It's all very appropriately overblown, and director Antal gives the fireworks as much attention as he does each performer.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2013
Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 27, 2013
Metallica is as fierce and intense as ever, and the greatest hits set the band performs is a barrage of heavy riff-age that captures the band at its most vital.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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.
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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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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
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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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 26, 2013
Through the Never succeeds as a concert film by serving up enough dazzling visual wizardry and good ol' thrash metal rock to make it a passably engaging experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2013
If half an hour of bizarro side-narrative fever dream is the price of admission for a gorgeously lensed, best-seat-in-the-house hour of chugging rock brutality, I'll pay gladly.
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Jim Farber
New York Daily News
September 26, 2013
Lets viewers feel like they're sliding up and down the fretboard of Kirk Hammett's guitar, volleying between the cymbals of Lars Ulrich and swallowing spit spewed by singer James Hetfield.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2013
The 3-D concert footage is unassailably cool. Less assured is the occasional storyline threaded through the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 26, 2013
If you're looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 26, 2013
Through The Never plays like The Black Album of concert films: It's enormous, slick, and occasionally rousing, but largely fails to capture the sheer intensity of Metallica's superior '80s work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2013
The 13-year-old me would have loved it, and I wouldn't be lying if I said that at times the movie turned me back into that 13-year-old kid.
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
September 25, 2013
A sweeping, ambitious take on concert films, "Metallica: Through The Never" works well enough visually, and certainly musically, to make up for its feeble attempt to fictionalize the lengths to which a fan would go for his favorite band.
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
September 24, 2013
It's a damn fine concert movie and a musical thrill ride. Period.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 24, 2013
Arguably, the band has never been as tight as it is with lurking bassist Robert Trujillo; director Nimród Antal knows exactly where to place his roving camera to sop up every double-pedal drum flurry and wailing solo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rugg
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
The most immersive concert film ever ...
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2013
However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 11, 2013
A definitive document for anyone who's ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.