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Based on 24 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    If you’re looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it. show more

  • 80
    New York Daily News

    One drawback: While the swooping and careening visuals capture the depth and darkness of an arena experience, the sound doesn’t. As burly as the acoustics in a theater may be, they’re spindly compared to the sucker-punch fans prize at an actual Metallica concert. Luckily — for its visuals alone — “Through the Never” has enough grit and power to deserve two fists up. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Dalton The Hollywood Reporter

    However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle. It is a blow-out banquet for Metallica fans, and a blockbuster rock-and-rollercoaster ride for any heavy metal tourists curious to see this music played at major-league level. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    In this film, Metallica elevates headbanging to matters of the head that will consume the viewer long after the fade to black. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If this review had to be in pantomime, it would be me head-banging and busting out some gnarly air guitar for an hour straight – and loving every minute of it. That’s how much fun this concert film is. But be warned: If you’ve never rocked-out to a Metallica song, or don’t even know what throwing the horns is, this movie is not for you. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Since the movie’s street side dream doesn’t add much more than a gimmicky “interpretation” of their sound, you’re left with a deafening dirge –well-played, but really, no improvement on your basic concert film. show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    The guys in Metallica are here to remind us that there’s a band behind the rage rock. The IMAX 3-D release Metallica Through the Never is all about reasserting their relevance, loudly. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This movie is basically “Spinal Tap” minus the jokes. Two of the band members have the word “Metallica” emblazoned on their clothing. Metallica — it’s the band that has to remind fans whom they’re watching! show more

  • 38
    Chris Cabin Slant Magazine

    The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Maybe because the band enjoyed raves for its daring 2004 psychodrama, Some Kind of Monster, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway. show more

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