Lords of Chaos Reviews

June 30, 2020
There's a reason this story made global news. Lords of Chaos focuses on the sensational and outlandish elements, and though that makes for one hell of a spectacle, it doesn't offer much beyond.
February 6, 2020
The result is a largely uninteresting mess that never once gets close to showing us anything new or vaguely interesting.
September 1, 2019
There's absolutely nothing interesting in the life of these satanic church burners... which can be summarized as a mix of chaos, prepotency, and idiocy.
July 16, 2019
It's a great concept and is nicely shot but all too often feels like the product of some hipster committee meeting.
April 3, 2019
It's odd [and] not entirely successful.
March 29, 2019
Released into a culture that's experiencing a knife-crime epidemic, this 18-certificate film, which climaxes with another relentless and fetishised stabbing scene, feels almost bannable. Almost.
March 3, 2019
... there was something fascinating but also surreal about watching it play with laughter, but honestly the more I think about it the more I'm just annoyed.
February 23, 2019
You would think a real biopic would take the time to capture a groundbreaking musical movement and really dig into the personalities of those who created it, as well as those who lost their lives for it.
February 15, 2019
Like its characters and their art, the film winds up little more than an oddball curiosity that rarely digs beneath the surface of its shock value.
February 13, 2019
"Lords of Chaos" is two hours of boys behaving badly, but somehow forgets that the devil is in the details.
February 13, 2019
Sheer cinematic sadism
February 13, 2019
It's just odd for Akerlund, a former member of Swedish Black Metal band Bathory, to put so little focus on Mayhem's value musically.
February 8, 2019
Akerlund's shock tactics-brain matter, blood spatter, and realistic-sounding howls of pain-are neither shocking nor thoughtful.
February 8, 2019
Lords of Chaos can't seem to find its center for the entirety of its indulgent two-hour runtime. From moment to moment, the mood shifts from comic to dramatic to horrific to exploitative
February 7, 2019
In Lords of Chaos, you never really know what these dim lost boys are rebelling against or manage to get inside of their heads... not that you'd ever want to.
February 7, 2019
As the story turns darker, more churches burn and the violent acts escalate, the tone falters.
February 7, 2019
Akerlund, a veteran music-video director who intersperses "Lords of Chaos" with mildly surrealistic bursts, never establishes a coherent or interesting point of view.
February 5, 2019
Lords Of Chaos is more interested in the spectacle than the substance behind the true story, and that kind of phoniness likely wouldn't even get the film or Åkerlund invited into The Black Circle.
February 4, 2019
Jonas Åkerlund's breezy approach to this material not only cheapens the music, but also has the effect of downplaying the severity of the scene's truly unsavory politics.
October 18, 2018
Two hours is a long time to point out how foolish and sexist teenage boys can be over and over again.