The Filth and the Fury (2000)


Critic Consensus: The Filth and the Fury is a complete and completely unabashed look at The Sex Pistols, shot in suitably propulsive punk fashion.


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The Filth and the Fury is an irreverent, shocking portrait of the most notorious rock group of all time. It documents the story of The Sex Pistols, charting their rise from the litter-stacked back-streets of '70s London through their crucifixion by the British tabloids, canonization by hundreds of thousands of fans around the world and ultimate implosion on tour in America. Myths are debunked, scores are settled and the words of the band are heard for the first time as they step once and for all away from the shadow of their one-time manager Malcolm McLaren.

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Critic Reviews for The Filth and the Fury

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

Best for older teens, especially Sex Pistols fans.

Dec 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"The Filth and the Fury" is the first punk rock documentary to lay out, in an editorial style, a thorough linear account of the last major musical movement of the twentieth century by way of that genre's fiercest example.

Apr 13, 2009 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Loaded with great music and classic Sex Pistols moments.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A stylish, and engrossing look at the brief punk error.

Apr 18, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

Unlike most rock documentaries that rely on abundant concert imagery and studio outtakes, Filth is less concerned with the music than the setting that produced it.

Nov 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Temple's repetitive style grows tiresome.

Mar 8, 2002 | Rating: short | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Filth and the Fury

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Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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I saw it when it first came out and when I was more into The Sex Pistols. I remember really liking it--especially the way the interviews with the surviving Pistols as if their identities were anonymous. A must for any Pistols fan.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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A flashy collage about the rise and fall of the sex pistols, the band that epitomized and nearly destroyed punk rock. Told in their own angry and uncompromising words.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Ha ha! Another band movie so another poor rating from me? Not this time. Julien Temple does a very good job here of bringing the Sex Pistols to life. A burning bright light that blinded for such a short period of time but had a profound impact on the future.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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