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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil. show more

  • 100
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Neil Young once said: It's better to burn out than it is to rust. But moviegoers are lucky Anvil didn't take Young's advice. Who knew heavy metal could seem like fine art when it rusts? show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    A loopy, endearing documentary. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    For Kudlow, for whom "music lives forever" - it's never over. And the opportunity to seize the day continues to present itself in this deeply human documentary. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Alternately funny, sad and outrageous, Sacha Gervasi's terrific documentary feels like the lost sequel to “This Is Spinal Tap” -- and everyone involved seems to know it, except the leads. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    I can't imagine Anvil! not appealing to anyone interested in any aspect of showbiz, and the drug of fame, and the lives people lead in pursuit of the next fix. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Anvil! is one of the sweetest, funniest films I've seen this year. Also the loudest and most foulmouthed. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    "How many bands stay together for 30 years?" asks Slash of Guns N' Roses, in a backstage interview. "You've got the Stones, the Who, U2 -- and Anvil." Yeah. And Anvil. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Not exactly as well known as Megadeth or Metallica, Anvil did indeed have 15 minutes of fame back in the 1980s. Then it went into obscurity. Now it's back, trying like hell to be somebody. show more

  • January 21, 2010 whitedog1147
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    just the best!!-i'd love to have a beer with these guys!!!!!!!!!

  • June 04, 2009 Poncelet5055
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    I've seen the film twice now and was just blown away by the band's live performance in NYC. As a life long fan of heavy metal and a musician trying to make it in this world, not a day will go by from now on that i won't be listening to Anvil for inspiration, hope, and for a smile. I want to see this movie again and again because despite being and amazing band, these gentlemen are proof that life is worth living and dreams are worth dreaming because sometimes they just might come true.

  • May 17, 2009 PEPPERFLOWER8
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    Yes, It's funny and sad at the same time. Heavy metal fans will get a kick out of this one. Maybe a movie will help jump start Anvil's career. They sure try hard.

  • May 02, 2009 thatneuro
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    This is a really funny movie, check out the trailer, the clips, and so on. You'll see for yourself.

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