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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster Reviews

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Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 19, 2004
Fans of the band will love the revealing footage, especially landmark moments such as bassist auditions (more famous names showed up than the one they picked) and encounters with the ex-Metallica members (Newsted and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2004
If you're a fan, you will almost certainly be touched by this effort to put an entire dysfunctional band on the couch. And if you're not, well, you're going to giggle.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Senft
Arizona Republic
August 6, 2004
An unflinching and often hilarious look at the humanity of these heavy-metal gods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
Serious, funny, frustrating and touching.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2004
Fans will undoubtedly thrive on every second. For the rest of us, Monster is precisely that: a creature powerful but ungainly.
| Original Score: B-
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
July 30, 2004
It's great emotional fodder for old-school Metallica fans and smart, tugging drama for people unfamiliar with the band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 30, 2004
[An] overlong but startling heavy metal-therapy documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 30, 2004
By the time this fascinating two-hour- and-20-minute film ends, you'll have seen the group rise from the ashes of its own massive discontent.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 30, 2004
Overkill to anyone who never flashed the group's devil horns salute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 2004
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster doesn't require you to know anything about the band Metallica or heavy metal music, but it supplies a lot of information about various kinds of monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 29, 2004
No rock doc has burrowed so deeply into the bruised egos, arrested development and internal conflict that make up a superstar band.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2004
A counterintuitive, riveting documentary so honest that it will either become a rock movie classic or a severe embarrassment for the heavy metal band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2004
... a brilliant film.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 16, 2004
Berlinger and Sinofsky manage something remarkable: They connect us to the actual people who comprise Metallica, the former working- and middle-class California kids who have now spent half their lives rich and famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 16, 2004
It's less rockumentary and more exploration of, and meditation on long-term relationships, creativity and maturity, the value of the 'talking cure' and the quest for personal authenticity in a matrix of family demands, peer pressure and corporate greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 15, 2004
One of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2004
It's head-banging entertainment from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 15, 2004
Don't let anyone spoil the surprises of this thrashing, thrilling chunk of cinematic gold. It's one for the time capsule.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Burk
L.A. Weekly
July 15, 2004
Puts you eye to human eye with struggling creatures neither fully god nor fully beast.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 10, 2004
To go through with this film took guts, honesty and even a kind of nobility -- and all of us who are fascinated by the unsolvable quandaries of pop culture owe the band for that.
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2004
Transcends the rockumentary genre and becomes something uniquely its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 9, 2004
Berlinger and Sinofsky are very good at both capturing the specifics of these men's quarrels and making them universal.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 9, 2004
Great theater.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 9, 2004
An astonishingly intimate look at the disconnect between the hard-partying image that earned the band the nickname Alcohollica and the behind-the-scenes reality.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 8, 2004
The filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky turn what might have been a conventional behind-the-scenes rockumentary into a riveting, intricate psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 8, 2004
Even if you're not a fan of their music, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster is a revelation: funny, fascinating and insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brad Kava
San Jose Mercury News
July 8, 2004
It goes to places no other band has dared to explore in public: finances, fights, families, real feelings about one another and the things required to stay commercially successful.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 8, 2004
There's an almost soap-opera aspect to the story, about people with deep affection for each other, but also 20 years of hard history and a candidness one can't help but respect.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 7, 2004
One needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2004
What ties each moment together is the fascinating and emotional tale of rock and its heroes growing up yet trying, against the odds, to stay genuine.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Chuck Eddy
Village Voice
July 6, 2004
A two-and-a-half-hour puff piece about how 'important' Metallica are and, worse, how much 'integrity' they have.
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
May 6, 2004
These are rich, aging men in a young man's game, and the discrepancy between image and reality, captured by the filmmakers, makes for engrossing material.