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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 88
    New York Post

    It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt. It might even convince Tipper Gore that heavy metal thunder is all in good fun. show more

  • 75
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    Sam Dunn's unabashed wet kiss to his favorite genre of music, heavy metal, a.k.a. devil's music. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    As charming as Dunn's kid-in-a-candy-store exploration is at times, it's apparent that his ''anthropological" take on the scene isn't much more than the love letter he always dreamed of writing to his headbanging pals. show more

  • 60
    Will Lawrence Empire

    A documentary that preaches to the converted if ever there was one, but Dunn's enthusiasm for the subject and the range of pretension and humour of his interviewees makes for fun viewing. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    There's so much information and so many finely honed arguments in this ultimately joyous film that it's liable to send audiences scurrying home to their computers to download the bands they've just heard. show more

  • 90
    Ken Eisner Variety

    Superbly crafted documentary is strong enough to make believers out of non-metalheads, and inside enough to get the devil's-horns salute from the most diehard followers. show more

  • 80
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    At once playful and thorough, the documentary is also stacked teased-hair high with wicked performance footage. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times

    Dunn says he's been defending his choice in music since he was 12, and the film is a carefully organized and thoughtful argument for the merits of metal. show more

  • 70
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Metal culture is a giant topic, and Dunn has made an ambitious stab at it, exploring the music's social, religious, and sexual implications. show more

  • 50
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Mr. Dunn and his colleagues dig up some interesting information during their inquiry, like the origins of the devil-horns hand signal, metal's signature salute, but their insider love of the music finally proves as big an obstacle to the film as their ploddingly pedagogic approach. show more

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