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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. ErwinK.
    Jun 20, 2004
    8
    Great film! The pistols upset the establishment and endulged in pure stupidity, that seems so revolting and impure but utterly necessary given the lameness of the times. Pure madness.
  2. mtaylor
    Jan 27, 2005
    9
    Great, great documentary which really captures a mood and feel of a unique moment of culture, they really were shocking and took abuse for it, if your face is pierced now your more normal than not, they were original a quality lost too money men, and yes i love pearl jam too!
  3. ChadS.
    Aug 14, 2003
    8
    Context is everything. The Sex Pistols hadn't sounded dangerous to me in years. Marilyn Manson and any number of modern rockers make Johnny Rotten's whine almost sound cute. But in "The Filth and the Fury", you see the pictures of packed clubs and who their contemporaries were. Next to Kansas, "God Save the Queen" sounds like a blowtorch. Like Elvis before them, we understand Context is everything. The Sex Pistols hadn't sounded dangerous to me in years. Marilyn Manson and any number of modern rockers make Johnny Rotten's whine almost sound cute. But in "The Filth and the Fury", you see the pictures of packed clubs and who their contemporaries were. Next to Kansas, "God Save the Queen" sounds like a blowtorch. Like Elvis before them, we understand why the latest youth music scared the bejesus out of the establishment. It's fascinating to see how the original punks lost their music to the johnny-come-latelys, much like how the guys you worked with at your part-time job started listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Expand
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
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  1. 88
    The concerts are hypnotic, the music is swell, and the entire package moves along at just the right pace.
  2. 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.
  3. A film as arresting and at times as frustrating as the Pistols themselves.