Lords of Chaos Reviews

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March 11, 2020
It only makes sense that one of the strangest stories in rock 'n' roll history has come back to life as one of the strangest movies you'll ever see.
February 10, 2020
Honestly, I laughed as much as I gasped watching Lords of Chaos.
November 21, 2019
Interviews, police reports, and creative license combine in director/co-writer Jonas Åkerlund's terrifically entertaining look at the triumphs and tragedies of young people in search of themselves.
September 14, 2019
Lords of Chaos is a badass fucking movie. It gives any newcomer to the topic an accurate depiction of how black metal started, the key characters on the scene, and what happened between Euronymous and Varg. It is a whirlwind of emotions...
July 7, 2019
That it succeeds as well as it does is largely due to Culkin, director of photography Pär M. Ekberg's striking visuals and its truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story about artists who prize image over all.
June 29, 2019
The special tone of the film is one of his great achievements.
June 4, 2019
Lords of Chaos proves a fascinating character clash/ study and fandom exploration that enhances the surface narrative. It also makes for twisted, gruesome quasi-factual account that bends boundaries, tests endurance and turns stomachs.
May 25, 2019
As someone who had carved out a persona as a misanthrope, the film has a semblance of sympathy for a person who didn't really know how to deal with his feelings when it came to the suicide of his best friend.
May 24, 2019
Lords Of Chaos will leave you shaken, torn to shreds and thoroughly headbanged-out thanks to Jonas Åkerlund's torturous dedication to black-as-hell metal crimes. Decked in leather, soaked in damnation and ablaze with five-alarm intensity.
May 19, 2019
A fascinating exploration of a unique time in metal's history, in addition to delivering a cautionary tale of leading a performative life.
April 29, 2019
A not very honest adaptation (but hey, who knows?) that manages to tell a compelling story about a culture we definitely should know more about. [Full review in Spanish]
April 29, 2019
Lords of Chaos is, at times deeply, darkly funny. This takes nothing away from its very true to life horror.
April 9, 2019
Rory Culkin is expressive and raw as movement frontman Euronymous, but it is Emory Cohen's Varg that keeps us up at night. His turn from babyfaced teen to full-blown arsonist is utterly disarming.
April 1, 2019
Lords of Chaos is the most important work of his career to date. While the American accents and slow pace are at times frustrating, ultimately they do not detract from the film's savage power and the urgency in its message.
March 30, 2019
Working from a screenplay co-written with Dennis Magnusson, Åkerlund accentuates the squabbling, misogynist club-house mentality of what became the "Black Circle".
March 29, 2019
Anchored by Culkin and Cohen's terrific performances... this toxic trip through celebrity pressures at any risk is potently provocative.
March 28, 2019
The violence was for me almost unwatchable, but it's a well-made and worryingly plausible film.
March 25, 2019
A puckish, pointed parable of youth culture pushed to the extreme.
March 21, 2019
As this gang of asshole teenagers thrash and headbang their way into a litany of gruesome behavior, Åkerlund regards them with both mild detachment and fully fleshed-out detail.
March 20, 2019
Straddling black comedy and horror, Lords of Chaos proves that the best -and most horrific-films of the genre are ones that make you bubble over with tears and fear and laughter in one giant contradiction.
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