Anvil! The Story of Anvil Reviews

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November 18, 2011
January 21, 2010
September 11, 2009
While it's undoubtedly comical and touching, a pall of middle-aged gloom hovers over the antics of Canada's longest surviving death metal band.
September 11, 2009
The music, heard in economical proportions, is secondary to the unexpectedly deep bond between its creators. Their story is an underdog's triumph that's difficult to deny.
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.
July 10, 2009
A winning and surprisingly moving documentary about -- wait for it -- a struggling Canadian heavy metal band that apparently influenced a generation of hard-rockers including Metallica, Anthrax and Guns N' Roses.
May 29, 2009
Cute if predictable.
May 15, 2009
Now THIS is Spinal Tap.
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.
April 24, 2009
Gervasi has tapped into a powerful if much-overlooked truth: humanity rocks.
April 24, 2009
An engaging account of the life and times of an obscure Canadian heavy-metal band.
April 24, 2009
A study in the cost of pursuing a dream that's probably the wrong dream, Anvil! The Story of Anvil looks for the high notes but doesn't -- or can't -- shy away from the lows.
April 24, 2009
Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a very funny documentary, following original band members Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner (seriously), on a disastrous European tour and an attempt at a comeback album.
April 23, 2009
Anvil! The Story of Anvil can't help but evoke This Is Spinal Tap, the classic 1984 mockumentary directed by the other Rob Reiner, in terms of both sheer hair-metal ludicrousness and indignities suffered by a not-so-successful rock band on the road.
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.
April 16, 2009
There's just something utterly winning about the way the guys of Anvil hang on to their dream -- and when, in the movie's final scenes, they find it for a moment, it creates some genuine, headbanging joy.
April 16, 2009
Anvil! is one of the sweetest, funniest films I've seen this year. Also the loudest and most foulmouthed.
April 16, 2009
Gervasi misses a few beats that would elevate this from enjoyable to resonant, but he's the only filmmaker for the job
April 13, 2009
The most stirring release of the year thus far.
April 13, 2009
I care about Anvil, I think the documentary needed a little bit more.
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