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82

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. A great, searching, incendiary chronicle of the Sex Pistols, the razor-hearted visionaries of punk anarchy.
  2. 100
    Temple's wonderfully entertaining film brings the era back in all its confused and tentatively revolutionary glory, and bracingly demonstrates that the Pistols still have the power to shock.
  3. 90
    A kickass documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Wyman
    90
    A kinetic and unstoppable ride.
  5. Anyone who can watch this film and deny that the Sex Pistols were one of the four or five most exciting and indelibly brilliant rock groups ever is pumping formaldehyde, not blood, through his veins.
  6. 88
    The concerts are hypnotic, the music is swell, and the entire package moves along at just the right pace.
  7. This bizarre, original and brilliantly crafted documentary about the Sex Pistols is funny and at times moving -- despite all the ugliness and stupidity it depicts.
  8. If nothing else, The Filth and the Fury is a searing, forceful, entertainingly biased reminder only that the English group mattered - as musicians and as anti-social curs.
  9. Reviewed by: Jim Sullivan
    88
    This is a warts 'n' all portrayal - there's no dodging the feelings of both disgust and amusement.
  10. 88
    To see this film's footage from the '70s is to see the beginning of much of pop and fashion iconography for the next two decades.
  11. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    88
    This time around, Julien Temple gets it right.
  12. 85
    There are only a handful of great music documentaries ... but Temple's film deserves a place in the canon.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    This loud and exhilarating documentary from director Julien Temple brings it all back in a vitriolic spray of spite, spittle and raw rock and roll that still hits like a heart attack.
  14. 80
    The filmmaker might be accused of preaching to the choir were the story not so compelling and the performances so strong.
  15. The Sex Pistols themselves were bloody magnificent.
  16. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    80
    Stays with you, though, not because of its political content, but because of the unexpected emotional punch that's thrown near the end.
  17. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    80
    The electrifying jolt that they gave to a moribund music scene, and British society in particular, is still riveting to watch.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Irritates in the early going when many of the current-day interviews are so intentionally underlighted that we can't see what the group members look like.
  19. Efficiently and imaginatively directed.
  20. 75
    An absorbing glimpse not only at the phenomenon of punk rock but also at British social history and the rock star mystique.
  21. 75
    It's just as voyeuristically enjoyable as those VH-1 has-been bios but without the soft-focus star shots and with far more edge, energy and originality.
  22. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    75
    Above all, it makes one thing clear: This group was wickedly funny.
  23. A documentary that's as chaotic, rude and funny as the band could be.
  24. A film as arresting and at times as frustrating as the Pistols themselves.
  25. The period ambience (call it funk) is irresistible, but the main points of interest here are sociological rather than musical.
  26. It's just twice as much as we need to know about the Sex Pistols.

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