Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 89
    You can't help but feel conflicted watching this superb documentary about the seminal New York-based punk rock vanguard, the Ramones.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Unearths the expected footage from the crypt -- including a hilarious live video of the band arguing onstage over what to play next. The anecdotes are pungent and revelatory.
  3. A documentary that digs deep inside this most revolutionary and tortured of punk quartets, it's hard not to feel that the Ramones, who never had a hit record, were the greatest band in 50 years to be stonewalled out of success.
  4. 83
    If you feel, like me, kinship with this essential building block of music, you owe it to yourself -- and to the Ramones -- to see this film.
  5. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    80
    A gripping insight into the problems faced by men trying to sustain interest in playing the music of their youth.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Christgau
    80
    Johnny's analysis and will carry the film. Of course they didn't get along--they were a rock group.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    At the picture’s best, it recalls Michael Winterbottom's "24 Hour Party People" in its tribute to the music of the times and the way in which that music provided a voice to a generation of social misfits.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    80
    The interviews with band members, managers, friends and peer fans confirm not only how influential, but how beloved the Ramones were.
  9. 80
    Genuinely sad: few bands have burst onto the scene with such a perfectly realized look, sound, and philosophy or been more trapped by their own meatheaded genius.
  10. Reviewed by: Louis R. Carlozo
    75
    Much to their credit, filmmakers Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields leave almost all the talking to band members and their inner circle. That gives this documentary--their first film--a brisk authority, humor and directness true to the band's scrappy story.
  11. While serving up music so free of thought that the best of it seems to crystallize our thoughtless, tightly wound era.
  12. A thorough, gutsy and appropriately scuzzy-looking documentary.
  13. Offers a fascinating chronicle of the birth, glory days and waning years of a motorcycle-jacketed, bowl-haircutted quartet of middle-class geeks who unwittingly spawned the punk movement.
  14. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    75
    Details the group's raucous history with humor and a minimum of hero worship.
  15. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    75
    It makes for a compelling story and some thrilling music.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    70
    The first half of the film is a by-the-numbers rock docu. But at the halfway mark, the personalities and psychoses of the performers become as interesting as the history, and the documentary morphs into an involving human drama.
  17. 70
    Though occasionally repetitive, Gramaglia and Fields' admirably evenhanded documentary gives the Ramones the respect they deserve: Fans will be grateful and the uninitiated should listen and learn.
  18. 70
    While End of the Century feels a bit straggly toward the end (the rise of the Ramones is exhilarating; their slow, unfair demise is a downer), and its chronology is sometimes a little vague, the movie captures the spirit of both the band and the era they helped shape.
  19. Reviewed by: Falling James
    70
    It does pry much deeper into the band’s unexpectedly complex and contradictory personalities.
  20. 70
    As for the unfortunates who aren't already in love with The Ramones, End Of The Century should give them a better understanding of what they've been missing, and leave them wondering why they've missed out on it for so long.
  21. What the books suggest, the movie reveals and revels in--the songs, in other words, those brilliant, backbreakingly fast anthems.
  22. An engaging and emotional documentary.
  23. As End of the Century reveals even more starkly than the recent Metallica documentary, "Some Kind of Monster," harmony among band members becomes harder to sustain as the years gather, youthful enthusiasm wanes, and personalities define themselves.
  24. Reviewed by: Bill White
    50
    A 108-minute film of a two-minute song.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RobB.
    Feb 22, 2006
    9
    Exceptional music documentary that was a hell of a long time comming. You'll laugh, you'll cry. I mean that too, as a hardened 'Mones fan, I had a few tears. There isnt much worth knowing that isnt covered here. They even manage to get some honestly touching moments out of Johnny. They were the Jesus Christ of the modern music world they truely took one for the team. All lovers of music have to see this film. Full Review »