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  • Summary: Three years in the making, this documentary provides a fascinating, in-depth portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time, as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of original songs in five years. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
  2. You realize you are witnessing a psychodrama of novelistic intricacy and epic scope.
  3. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    80
    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.
  4. 75
    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.
  5. 75
    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.
  6. By turns exasperating, appalling and surprisingly empathetic -- sometimes all in the same moment -- the three members of Metallica quickly emerge as the main attractions in Some Kind of Monster, but not for the reasons you might expect.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Agnew
    20
    Simply put this is a TWO HOUR AND 20 MINUTE long documentary that consists of nothing more than millionaire rock stars bitching, whining and complaining about their problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    10
    Simply the best music document ive ever seen. Its not just document like ,,In 1991 they released...." but they really going deep into theirSimply the best music document ive ever seen. Its not just document like ,,In 1991 they released...." but they really going deep into their lives. It feels like you are there with them, they have their own people problems and its feels really friendly. I love it, THANK YOU METALLICA! Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2010
    7
    Warts n all documentary following Metal behemoths Metallica & the making of their album, St. Anger.
    Entertaining is probably the best way of
    Warts n all documentary following Metal behemoths Metallica & the making of their album, St. Anger.
    Entertaining is probably the best way of putting this documentary. I neither love or dislike Metallica but I do enjoy music documentaries & this has lots of squabbles, ego clashes & musical differences including singer/guitarist James Hetfield leaving for six months to go into rehab.
    Lars Ulrich does start to grate a bit but there's no denying the talent that these people have, even if they are no longer the garage band/everyday Joe's they used to be.
    If you love Metallica, you'll love this but it's also a good watch for general music fans too.
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