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Heavy Metal Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 13, 2016
It's definitely watchable for fans that appreciate the exploitative pulp nature of the magazine set to excellent rock music.
Fernando F. Croce
February 12, 2010
Archly stunted and incalculably influential
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
...An unabashed crowd-pleaser. Whenever possible, it goes for the fight scene, the sex joke, the jiggly breasts...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 16, 2007
Some of the animation is first-rate, particularly in the more modest comedy segments, and even the heavy set pieces have greater flash and dazzle than anything Ralph Bakshi mustered around the same period.
Christopher Null
July 25, 2005
Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 15, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Heavy Metal has been animated with great verve, and scored very well, with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 18, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
May 14, 2003
Heavy Metal despite all of its flaws and anacrhonisms, nevertheless represents something of a refreshment in today's sterile climate.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
A bit of a mixed bag. Some eye popping animation, chock full of nudity, gore, and alien landscapes. The classic soundtrack is what makes it most worthwhile when the stories fall flat
| Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tanzer
March 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Wild animation, tons of blaring rock music, and fanboy wish fulfillment fantasies of the freakiest order. Good campy fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeff Gilbert
January 1, 2000
Regardless of its dated stylishness (which still holds up remarkably well a decade plus later), Heavy Metal was a pioneering film in 1981 and remains a pivitol and infuential body of art today.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
This animated movie based on the comics of the same title is fun once you accept it on its own terms, i.e., brainless and adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A genuinely outrageous and occasionally brilliant coupling of American animation and classic early-Eighties heavy metal.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 5, 2014
Exemplifies the notion that the euphemism "adult material" almost exclusively denotes content which is chiefly of appeal to people other than adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 30, 2012
In 1981, this may have been state-of-the-art animation, but now it looks rudimentary, clunky, and flat. The writing, likewise, is flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill.

March 10, 2008
You have to conclude that its makers should have got out more.
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