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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.
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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. 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: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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
  2. Dec 26, 2013
    10
    If you need louder sound go to control panel, sound, adjust system volume, speakers, enhancements, equalizer, powerful its the loudestIf you need louder sound go to control panel, sound, adjust system volume, speakers, enhancements, equalizer, powerful its the loudest setting.

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  3. 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. Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    9
    Outstanding concert footage. Metallica guys look like the early days. The imax experience is stunning. The plot practically useless is justOutstanding concert footage. Metallica guys look like the early days. The imax experience is stunning. The plot practically useless is just an excuse to give this guys the chance to show the entire world that they're the best in what they do. Who loves Metallica and rock music in general shouldn't loose the possibility to spend an hour and an half headbanging on a seat with a remarkable concert that will pump fast through the veins. m/ Expand
  5. May 27, 2014
    8
    More of a super long music video then a movie. For the first portion of the movie the concert footage out weighed the 'story footage' but thatMore of a super long music video then a movie. For the first portion of the movie the concert footage out weighed the 'story footage' but that changed soon enough and provided a unique theatrical experience. Expand
  6. May 25, 2015
    7
    Metallica is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time for a reason. They simply kick *** and it's on display with all of theirMetallica is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time for a reason. They simply kick *** and it's on display with all of their songs in this movie. Master of Puppets is pure insane rock. One is an epic masterpiece of soft rock and dark lyrics, and the even darker lyrics followed by an ulta-intense instrumental second half. Nothing Else Matters has deep lyrics and...well, all the songs are good. Anyways, the movie itself is a cool experiment and all but it isn't a masterpiece. Unexplained action sequences and whatnot are more entertaining than just watching the band the whle time, but this ultimately doesn't functionwell as a movie. As a concert movie, which I'm not a big fan of, it's great, I suppose. Well, watch it for the music but don't expect the entire package to exceed being "good." 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, noThis 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). Collapse

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