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Heavy Metal Reviews

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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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fantasies that are gratuitously sexist and Fascist (macho whoring and warmongering), and whose roots reach all the way back to post-hippie paranoia, feed the tangled plot-lines of a movie that... should disappoint even the teenage wet-dreamers.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 8, 2001
...visually stunning some of the time and stunningly juvenile the rest.
| Original Score: 6/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Reid
January 1, 2000
Asked if I wanted to see it again, I figured, why not? I would have remembered if it was really bad. But memory does play tricks.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
This is simply exploitation on a very juvenile level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Barry Walters
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A wildly sophomoric and stupid cartoon celebrating gore, rape and bad music.

TV Guide
April 16, 2007
It's a mixed bag, but successful in a mindless, adolescent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2008
You have to conclude that its makers should have got out more.
Fernando F. Croce
February 12, 2010
Archly stunted and incalculably influential
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
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
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.
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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