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Anvil! The Story of Anvil Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
I care about Anvil, I think the documentary needed a little bit more.
Josh Larsen
December 4, 2009
I found more real-life poetry about aspiration and failure in a fictional effort such as The Wrestler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

The Sun (UK)
February 20, 2009
Not as interesting as last year's rockumentaries Heavy Load or Heavy Metal In Baghdad and is nowhere near as funny as Spinal Tap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 29, 2009
Cute if predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
April 10, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 10, 2009
A feel-good film of rockin' proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2009
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a documentary about the moderate rise and long, long fall of their band, where musicians in the two other slots came and went, but Lips and Robb rocked on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
April 13, 2009
An outstanding rock documentary that is as funny/sad as it is revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2009
The new documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil succeeds every which way, as '80s metal nostalgia, as a twisted sort of reality-show attempt at a comeback, as an unexpectedly touching portrait of a friendship.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 18, 2011
A winning way to thrash out an evening's entertainment.
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
September 10, 2009
See Anvil! if you love heavy metal, because these guys are legends. See Anvil! if you don't love heavy metal because this story is legendary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
April 11, 2009
Impossible not to get caught up in their boundless optimism, which seems to counter metal's nihilism. . .as the relationships are much more important . . .than the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 14, 2009
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is overflowing with honesty. It is fair to say that it is to metal what The Wrestler is to wrestling. It is brutal but, in a way, triumphant.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Martyn Pedler
Triple J
September 6, 2009
Anvil! has been described as the "real-life Spinal Tap", but it's sometimes more like a heavy metal remake of The Wrestler.
James Rocchi
April 9, 2009
"A hymn to the human spirit, played in power chords ... It isn't just better than most music documentaries; it's better than most documentaries, period."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Southwell
FILMINK (Australia)
September 8, 2009
A spectacular documentary that displays the camaraderie and passion these two musicians feel for their music in the face of continued rejection.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
April 7, 2009
One of the most enjoyable documentaries you may ever see.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Josh Freedom duLac
Washington Post
May 15, 2009
Now THIS is Spinal Tap.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
April 14, 2009
A complicated portrait of complicated men, an adeptly assembled character study that shows how limitless fame and fortune might not be the real recipe for happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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