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

November 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,
October 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.
October 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.
Top Critic
October 23, 2009
Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.
July 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.
October 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.
May 28, 2016
The filmmaker ultimately comes away with a portrait of hedonism and emptiness that's as sad as it is funny.
October 23, 2009
October 23, 2009
This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.