American Hardcore Reviews

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December 7, 2006
... an enjoyable if incomplete nostalgia trip.
November 10, 2006
American Hardcore, Paul Rachman's impressively thorough documentary, tells of the second-generation punk rockers who learned from the Sex Pistols and Ramones and then did their DIY thing.
November 10, 2006
American Hardcore gets what most music lovers could not at the time: Sometimes, that noise in your head and that anger in your heart just has to get out, and there's always a guitar around somewhere.
November 3, 2006
Instead of an insightful look at disaffected youths finding an outlet for angry energy in rock rages, American Hardcore is a slanted history lesson coming solely from its subjects.
November 3, 2006
What's irritating about the movie is how much time it spends on empty nostalgia -- shouldn't real punks scorn reminiscing? -- and how little time it spends truly exploring the roots of America's punk prime in the early 1980s.
October 30, 2006
Leaves little doubt that this truly was one of the wildest eras in rock.
October 20, 2006
An energetic and grandly entertaining tribute to a short-lived period of early-'80s punk rock.
October 19, 2006
A valuable chronicle of a brief and snarling musical movement.
October 19, 2006
Exhaustive and at turns exhausting, American Hardcore explores 1980s punk subculture with the frenetic energy of mile-a-minute mosh-pit music, sealed with a fist.
October 13, 2006
A reverential but knowledgeable documentary about an aggressive offshoot of punk that flourished on the Left Coast from 1980-86, with outposts in such far-flung locales as Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Detroit, Chicago and Austin, Tex.
October 13, 2006
There's a lot of interesting material here, but Rachman doesn't offer any real analysis of his own, and the film suffers from a lack of narrative focus.
October 13, 2006
The film's a pretty good scrapbook ... and it evinces a healthy cranky-old-man disgust with the mega-platinum punk acts of today.
September 29, 2006
American Hardcore is a raucous, relevant documentary, capturing the mood of the times and the participants' best anecdotes.
September 28, 2006
The documentary is an enlightening journey to a dark corner of contemporary punk's dank little basement.
September 27, 2006
American Hardcore is illuminating nostalgia, stuffed with all the right tattooed talking heads (like Black Flag's Henry Rollins), plus grim-looking concert footage of wailing skinny guys.
September 22, 2006
If it all goes by too fast, and leaves you with a headache when it's done -- well, wasn't that the point all along?
September 22, 2006
Inspired by a book by Steven Blush, Rachman deftly sketches the hardcore scene in a dozen cities and chronicles the growing violence that signaled its demise.
September 21, 2006
Based on the 2001 book by Steven Blush, Paul Rachman's raw and riveting documentary traces the rise of of hardcore punk through Los Angeles, Boston, D.C. and the Big Apple.
September 21, 2006
This documentary chronicle of the hardcore punk movement in the first half of the 1980s imagines an underground culture that was more than a new generations style of hormonal eruption.
September 21, 2006
Paul Rachman's cultural-history doc American Hardcore unearths an astonishing trove of material from the all-but-forgotten American punk scene of the early '80s.
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