End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

2004

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

Critics 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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Filmmaker Michael Gramaglia's years-in-the-making biography of the legendary punk band the Ramones entitled End of the Century traces nearly all the various and sundry peaks and valleys which the seminal rockers experienced over the course of its 20-plus year career before disbanding in 1995. Beginning with the band's first concert performances in the mid-'70s, Gramaglia explores the eccentric and highly volatile band members -- in all the various line-ups that were presented over the years -- as the Ramones slowly gained fame for their high energy and high-tempo style of music that would later influence generations of punk rockers around the world. Mixing archival interviews with new interviews of the various surviving bandmembers, as well as interviews with a number of the Ramones' contemporaries, End of the Century encapsulates the East Coast underground music atmosphere of the 1970s and '80s that the band inadvertently shocked into existence.

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  • Apr 06, 2010
    I am just a fan of this band and I will always respect them for their music, their attitude, their sense of humour and above all they cheer me up when I am down and this film just made me feel even closer to them. The documentary is quite strong giving a history of the Ramones during their early years, especially the 1970s and their involvement with CBGB's and their influence on the London punk rock scene, however, the second half of the film delves much more into the band's personal relationships with each other than the actual music that they created and several albums are not even mentioned. After I watched the impression that I got was that The Ramones were a unplanned phenomenon that invented punk as we know it, even though they never achieved commercial success in the US (at least on the level they thought they deserved). A stunning movie about one of the greatest bands ever Ramones but in fact also the story of many other bands?
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2010
    A four star from a man who hates movies about bands? Yes indeed because it is the Ramones we are talking about. I was curious going in and hooked throughout. A nice job.
    John B Super Reviewer

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