Metallica: Some Kind of Monster


Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32

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  1. One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The band's implosion and reassembly makes for one of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
  3. 100
    The miracle of Some Kind of Monster is Berlinger and Sinofsky's ability to make us root for these self-absorbed man-children.
  4. 90
    It's a measure of the film's brilliance that it strips away the trappings of superstardom and allows audiences to see these men as flawed human beings first, musicians second, and rock gods a distant third.
  5. You realize you are witnessing a psychodrama of novelistic intricacy and epic scope.
  6. That he (Hetfield), and his band, still lives is astonishing enough; that you get to see how and why in a movie so painfully intimate is nothing short of extraordinary.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    If you've seen the Beatles documentary "Let It Be," you know what four men who are heartily sick of one another look like, and in 2001, Metallica had been recording twice as long as the Fab Four.
  8. A counterintuitive, riveting documentary so honest that it will either become a rock movie classic or a severe embarrassment for the heavy metal band.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Josh Tyrangiel
    What's most captivating about Monster is that the camera never looks away and Metallica never hides.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Pic itself is a long haul, at nearly 2½ hours; yet one needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout.
  12. 80
    The result will stand as one of the most intense, in-depth, warts-and-all rockumentaries ever made.
  13. 80
    Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining ride through two years in the life of the most successful heavy metal band in history.
  14. Reviewed by: Danny Graydon
    An excruciating watch at times, the unflinching bluntness is captivating and somehow, despite their flaws, the group’s rock godhood is maintained.
  15. Monster is, at its best, simply a chronicle of people trying to get along, which makes it compelling viewing indeed.
  16. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A revelation: funny, fascinating and insightful.
  17. 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.
  18. Isn't about rock music or even the people who make it; it's about people, period, and the myriad ways they mangle themselves and each other.
  19. 75
    Don't let anyone spoil the surprises of this thrashing, thrilling chunk of cinematic gold. It's one for the time capsule.
  20. Berlinger and Sinofsky, with their knack for penetrating the diabolical pretensions of weak and disaffected human beings, have brought Metallica to its knees.
  21. 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.
  22. You don't have to be a Metallica junkie to get this film.
  23. 70
    Veers unpredictably between wrenching psychodrama and "Spinal Tap"-style mockumentary.
  24. 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.
  25. Documentary about rock history's biggest heavy metal band is -- variously -- serious, funny, frustrating and touching.
  26. I'm no psychologist, but it took about half this film's overlong running time to figure out that Metallica's problem is that Ulrich is a major pain in the butt.

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User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    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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  2. Sep 20, 2013
    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! Full Review »