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  • Summary: At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the "demigods of Canadian metal," releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982 Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, that went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil's career took a different path, straight into obscurity. (Abramorama Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
  2. 91
    A hilarious, touching, profound and inspiring film about art and dreams and self-belief and the goggle-eyed hope that you can will a miracle into reality through sheer effort and desire.
  3. 88
    Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    The director, Sacha Gervasi, is a fan first and a documentarian second. If Anvil! has a flaw, it's that it's too enthusiastic, a reverently uncritical valentine to the director's adolescent heroes.
  5. 80
    From the too-good-to-be-true desk comes this loving and hilarious portrait of Spinal Tap-esque Canadian metal band Anvil, who were briefly a hard-rock sensation in the early '80s (mainly for the song "Metal on Metal") and have been struggling along in total obscurity ever since.
  6. 75
    "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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    70
    A loopy, endearing documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. LyleS.
    Oct 6, 2009
    10
    This is the best rock movie of all time - it is the essence of love for rock.
  2. BenM
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    This gets a full 10 points - you can't lose with this film, it will stick with you. And I've got to say the music was pretty damn good too.
  3. JoshB
    Apr 22, 2009
    10
    Easily one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It's one of those docs where you have trouble believing that the people and events are real. Expand
  4. TeresaL.
    Oct 5, 2009
    10
    This movie is so moving...a true testament to the human spirit. I am so thrilled that Anvil is getting the recognition that they definitely deserve. Fantastic movie. Just purchased my signed copy of the dvd. Long Live Anvil!!!!! Expand
  5. KellyP
    May 15, 2009
    9
    We're still talking about Anvil a month later! It's the best kind of movie - the kind that stays with you. You don't have to be a headbanger to thoroughly enjoy it. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    9
    This documentary was truly moving, it gave a perfect example of what bands really go through to "get to the top". You are rooting for them throughout!
  7. SteveB
    May 14, 2009
    4
    It is clearly a labor of love for those who made the film, and if you're familiar with the band you'll like it also. But for the average person, it's only marginally interesting. The band certainly has a lot of heart and persistence. Expand

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