End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2004)
Critic Consensus: Gabba gabba hey! With its focus on the groundbreaking work of the 1970s punk band The Ramones End of the Century makes a solid entry into the growing canon of documentaries that capture Punkology.
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Critic Reviews for End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
A deliriously musical portrait of a band that became famous and legendary without the headlining stardom that usually accompanies that.
A comprehensive look at the punk pioneers that never wears out its welcome.
The revelations may even deepen your appreciation for the music -- it's incredible that so much dumb fun was generated out of such pain.
A film that does a fine job explaining their importance without airbrushing their foibles.
A satisfying, straightforward documentary with great archive footage and interviews with band members ... and those they influenced.
Audience Reviews for End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
A genuinely raw & honest look at a band that paved the way, but deserved so much more. Really uncomfortable at times, thanks to Johnny. Where a lot of band docs mask truths, this one is an open book. Scabs & all. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Terrific rock'n'roll documentary but goddamn is it depressing. Honestly, just put on Ramonesmania again. God, it sucks growing up and seeing your favorite group as less than superheroic. Joe Strummer FTW describing why the Ramones played short songs so fast: "It's a busy world, man, give it to me, I got things to do!"
The Ramones were one of the most underappreciated and under-celebrated bands in Rock n Roll history and it is good to see a film that gives them the attention and respect they deserve. Their story is not a typical glorious rock legend tale, they never became rich or toped charts but they did make an extremely large library of great music. Their music had energy and integrity and would go on to influence scores of other rock and punk bands after them. I loved the focus of each member of the band and hearing all the different perspectives of their story. It also does a great job of concentrating on the interesting band dynamic and volatile relationship between the band mates. This shows how the Ramones were rock warriors always staying true the Punk Rock spirit that they pioneered without selling out and that they always cared about the music.
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