Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Paul MacInnes
    Oct 5, 2013
    80
    In between songs there's a movie within a movie as Dane DeHaan silently takes on the forces of anarchy on behalf of the band. Awesome.
  2. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Sep 27, 2013
    63
    If this review had to be in pantomime, it would be me head-banging and busting out some gnarly air guitar for an hour straight – and loving every minute of it. That’s how much fun this concert film is. But be warned: If you’ve never rocked-out to a Metallica song, or don’t even know what throwing the horns is, this movie is not for you.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sep 26, 2013
    63
    The music is central, so viewers without a preexisting taste for thump and thrash will probably not be converted by the Imax 3-D spectacle.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Guarino
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    In this film, Metallica elevates headbanging to matters of the head that will consume the viewer long after the fade to black.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    If you’re looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Farber
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    One drawback: While the swooping and careening visuals capture the depth and darkness of an arena experience, the sound doesn’t. As burly as the acoustics in a theater may be, they’re spindly compared to the sucker-punch fans prize at an actual Metallica concert. Luckily — for its visuals alone — “Through the Never” has enough grit and power to deserve two fists up.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 26, 2013
    91
    It's one of the most unexpectedly enjoyable cinematic experiences of the year, even if you couldn't pick a Metallica track out of some hypothetical never-ending playlist.
  8. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    This stereoscopic IMAX vanity project presents the titular rockers not as men, but as living legends, playing the hits at a gigantic venue, for thousands of bellowing diehard fans. In place of introspection, there is only lionizing spectacle; if Monster laid bare the wounded egos of metal’s biggest stars, Never simply re-inflates them.
  9. Reviewed by: Raoul Hernandez
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    The Song Remains the Same. There, said it – as will every other rock & roll fanatic considering Metallica: Through the Never.
  10. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    It makes for a unique sort of concert film, but also a weaker one. It would have been better if it had dispensed with the frail narrative or else committed to being completely bananas. But as die-hard Metallica fans well know, a little buffoonery is worth weathering for the main attraction.
  11. 63
    Since the movie’s street side dream doesn’t add much more than a gimmicky “interpretation” of their sound, you’re left with a deafening dirge –well-played, but really, no improvement on your basic concert film.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Maybe because the band enjoyed raves for its daring 2004 psychodrama, Some Kind of Monster, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Rugg
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    This is a movie made for people who mash themselves up against those steel crowd-control barriers at concerts and still don't think they're close enough.
  14. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 24, 2013
    83
    With "Gravity" around the corner, Metallica Through the Never isn't the year's most groundbreaking achievement, but it's surely the most earth-shattering, and that's enough to make it one helluva comeback story.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle. It is a blow-out banquet for Metallica fans, and a blockbuster rock-and-rollercoaster ride for any heavy metal tourists curious to see this music played at major-league level.
  16. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 20, 2013
    80
    A definitive document for anyone who’s ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    10
    Amazing concert footage filled with state of the art sound and 3D, while using it beautifully. the band is on fire and they are at the top ofAmazing concert footage filled with state of the art sound and 3D, while using it beautifully. the band is on fire and they are at the top of their game. This is all mixed with a story line full of symbolism about human nature and a young man's trip (pun intended) into his own subconscious. Definitely recommended for Metallica or heavy metal fans and anyone who likes new things and live music. Full Review »
  2. Sep 27, 2013
    10
    Its really awesome and brilliant. Seems like masterpiece. Sound quality was really great, feels like you were really on that concert and songIts really awesome and brilliant. Seems like masterpiece. Sound quality was really great, feels like you were really on that concert and song list was put together really cleverly You should recommend it to all your friends! Full Review »
  3. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    7
    It's pretty impressive how they made this film, although, I tend to lower a movie's rating when the movie was not what I expected, and that'sIt's pretty impressive how they made this film, although, I tend to lower a movie's rating when the movie was not what I expected, and that's why I rated this a 7. Full Review »