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  • Summary: An IMAX 3D film featuring a never-before-seen live-performance by Metallica created exclusively for the film and a suspenseful narrative about Trip (Dane DeHaan), a young roadie for Metallica, who is sent on an urgent mission during the band's show.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 25, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: August Brown
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    The problem is that Antal and Metallica took two different movies — a fine live-band document and a supernatural end-of-days romp — and smashed them together to make both of them more boring.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 24, 2013
    38
    The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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 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. Collapse
  2. Dec 26, 2013
    10
    If you need louder sound go to control panel, sound, adjust system volume, speakers, enhancements, equalizer, powerful its the loudest setting.

    The Movie Was Fantastic!
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  3. Lom
    Sep 29, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Here in Ukraine, I had such a great opportunity to see Metallica almost live in the real arena. Something that does usually happen here. I think that everything was made with a good sense of style and no cheese. Really I have nothing bad to say about the movie. All is great. The best part for was the credits part in the end with them playing Orion for the empty arena. Very, very touching. Couldn't help not thinking about the tragic loss of Cliff. Thanks, Metallica for this risky try using only your resources. Hope it will be fully paid off. Expand
  4. 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 song list was put together really cleverly You should recommend it to all your friends! Expand
  5. Jan 22, 2014
    9
    Esta pelicula de Metallica me gusto, estuvo buena."Metallica: Through the Never" es una buena pelicula surrealista, con las mejores canciones del grupo Metallica.Tambien mientras estan tocando su musica sientes su ritmo, lo entiendes. Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    7
    While the narrative component is disjointed and a slightly annoying interruption between scenes of Metallica doing what they do best, as well as those live portions not being quite as immersive as the experience I had watching U2's spectacular U23D live film, Metallica Through The Never is still a must-see for fans. Between the big screen presentation, phenomenal sound mix, and a properly loud volume level, it's unquestionably the next best thing to attending an actual Metallica show.  Expand
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    5
    This movie is basically just a filmed concert, with a few extra special effects. Nothing more to add, really. No meaningful plot, no distinctive visuals. If you love Metallica songs or at least hard rock, and you feel perfectly fine about listening them for 1.5 hours, then this movie is for you. If not well, you better not waste your money on it. Also, the movie wins almost nothing from 3D, so you can watch it in 2D without losing anything (if such version exists). Expand

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