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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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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.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (29)

A deliriously musical portrait of a band that became famous and legendary without the headlining stardom that usually accompanies that.

December 17, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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A comprehensive look at the punk pioneers that never wears out its welcome.

November 19, 2004
Houston Chronicle
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The revelations may even deepen your appreciation for the music -- it's incredible that so much dumb fun was generated out of such pain.

November 12, 2004
Globe and Mail
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A film that does a fine job explaining their importance without airbrushing their foibles.

Full Review… | November 4, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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A satisfying, straightforward documentary with great archive footage and interviews with band members ... and those they influenced.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Seattle Times
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Engaging documentary.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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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.

Evan Michael
Evan Michael

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!"

Will E.
Will E.

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.

Russell Guest
Russell Guest

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