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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

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Penelope Spheeris directed this sequel documentary profiling the heavy metal music scene in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and members of KISS and Motorhead appear.

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Critic Reviews for The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

There's so little respect for the music that we never see or hear a number from beginning to end, and we rarely hear any of the musicians speak more than a few seconds at a time.

October 23, 2009 | Full Review…

For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening.

October 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.

October 23, 2009 | Full Review…
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The filmmaker ultimately comes away with a portrait of hedonism and emptiness that's as sad as it is funny.

May 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Fascinating.

October 23, 2009 | Full Review…

This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.

October 23, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

½

A very interesting documentary and capture of the life of metalheads in the late 80s. I was really looking to watch the first part, but I loved seeing all the great bands in this movie. It wasn't as funny as I heard it was, but it was interesting, as I said.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

Pretty good rockumentary, that features alot of my favorite hair bands back in the day with an awesome soundtrack. Watch for a very very drunk Chris Holmes (w.a.s.p.) and a special breakfast interview with Ozzy. worth a look for any headbanger.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

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I grew up with metal, and I have a real soft spot for this documentary...it's hilarious! It's EXACTLY like This Is Spinal Tap...but it's REAL!! THESE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY SERIOUS! Comedy genius!

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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