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Metallica Through the Never Reviews

October 3, 2013
Even as someone who finds Metallica's music silly (ditto the movie's incoherent apocalyptic fantasy sequences), I was floored by much of the visual imagination.
October 1, 2013
It's all very appropriately overblown, and director Antal gives the fireworks as much attention as he does each performer.
September 29, 2013
A gigantic spectacle, a virtual-reality experience that is both ridiculous and sublime, sometimes in the same moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 27, 2013
Metallica, those thrash virtuosos of doom, get the grand 3-D opera they deserve: a godless-apocalypse-meets-Vegas spectacle, full of fireballs and electric chairs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2013
Metallica is as fierce and intense as ever, and the greatest hits set the band performs is a barrage of heavy riff-age that captures the band at its most vital.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 27, 2013
In the real world, concerts build to a climax, then return for two or three more; on the screen, alas, "Metallica: Through the Never" just kind of peters out.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
September 26, 2013
It's all very handsomely arranged, but even with the concert footage, nothing ever feels live.
September 26, 2013
Despite swooping camera movements and elaborate stagecraft, the film produces detachment rather than immediacy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2013
The problem is that Antal and Metallica took two different movies - a fine live-band document and a supernatural end-of-days romp - and smashed them together to make both of them more boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2013
An old-school music video stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2013
Through the Never succeeds as a concert film by serving up enough dazzling visual wizardry and good ol' thrash metal rock to make it a passably engaging experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2013
If half an hour of bizarro side-narrative fever dream is the price of admission for a gorgeously lensed, best-seat-in-the-house hour of chugging rock brutality, I'll pay gladly.
September 26, 2013
Lets viewers feel like they're sliding up and down the fretboard of Kirk Hammett's guitar, volleying between the cymbals of Lars Ulrich and swallowing spit spewed by singer James Hetfield.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2013
This movie is basically "Spinal Tap" minus the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2013
The 3-D concert footage is unassailably cool. Less assured is the occasional storyline threaded through the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 26, 2013
If you're looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
September 26, 2013
Through The Never plays like The Black Album of concert films: It's enormous, slick, and occasionally rousing, but largely fails to capture the sheer intensity of Metallica's superior '80s work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 26, 2013
The 13-year-old me would have loved it, and I wouldn't be lying if I said that at times the movie turned me back into that 13-year-old kid.
September 25, 2013
A sweeping, ambitious take on concert films, "Metallica: Through The Never" works well enough visually, and certainly musically, to make up for its feeble attempt to fictionalize the lengths to which a fan would go for his favorite band.
September 24, 2013
It's a damn fine concert movie and a musical thrill ride. Period.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2013
Arguably, the band has never been as tight as it is with lurking bassist Robert Trujillo; director Nimród Antal knows exactly where to place his roving camera to sop up every double-pedal drum flurry and wailing solo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 24, 2013
The most immersive concert film ever ...
September 13, 2013
However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle.
September 11, 2013
A definitive document for anyone who's ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.