Reviews

Sep 10, 2021
Spheeris is one of our great documentarians, getting at the truth behind the camp and the melancholy just behind the mascara.
Feb 27, 2020
Despite the frenzied atmosphere and the verbal raunch, this lively blend of concert footage and bad-boy interviews strikes a note of nostalgia: every decade has its rebels without causes.
Jul 12, 2019
Thirty years on, there's no denying Spheeris' expertise in capturing a moment that could never exist exactly the same way ever again.
Oct 10, 2018
Spheeris has a keen eye for absurdity and her interviews with older, wiser rockers underline the fact that you can't put an old head on young shoulders.
Nov 9, 2017
[The Sequel] focuses on the kind of extravagance that the kids in the first film were rebelling against, at least insofar as it manifested itself in stadium-ready rock 'n' roll and its brand-new baby brother,
May 28, 2016
The filmmaker ultimately comes away with a portrait of hedonism and emptiness that's as sad as it is funny.
Oct 23, 2009
Fascinating.
Oct 23, 2009
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.
Oct 23, 2009
This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.
Oct 23, 2009
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.
Oct 23, 2009
Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.