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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Don't let anyone spoil the surprises of this thrashing, thrilling chunk of cinematic gold. It's one for the time capsule. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Isn't about rock music or even the people who make it; it's about people, period, and the myriad ways they mangle themselves and each other. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A revelation: funny, fascinating and insightful. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I'm no psychologist, but it took about half this film's overlong running time to figure out that Metallica's problem is that Ulrich is a major pain in the butt. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    A counterintuitive, riveting documentary so honest that it will either become a rock movie classic or a severe embarrassment for the heavy metal band. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    If you've seen the Beatles documentary "Let It Be," you know what four men who are heartily sick of one another look like, and in 2001, Metallica had been recording twice as long as the Fab Four. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Metallica brought back the rights and funded the project, and it's their honesty and willingness to front the cameras, warts and all, that makes this well-edited, often very funny, documentary so compelling. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    You don't have to be a Metallica junkie to get this film. show more

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