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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
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  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
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  1. 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!
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    8
    Documentary about long forgotten Canadian Rock Monsters Anvil. Took me a while to realise that this is real & not some Spinal Tap rip off & it is done very well. Don't really remember too much about them but lots of good words from Slash, Lars Ulrich, Scott Ian, etc.
    I was sort of split between feeling sorry for them & wanting them to move on with their lives but nevertheless you still do warm to Steve "Lips" Kudrow & Robb Reiner.
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