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  • Summary: This captivating story captures the explosive and tumultuous life of Darby Crash, the seminal singer and songwriter of The Germs. Driven by drugs, music, and rebellion, The Germs became a vehicle that virtually launched punk rock in the United States. (Vision Films)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 80
    These actors and many more make What We Do Is Secret an absolute blast to watch and they do an undeniably perfect job of recreating this notorious scene.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    75
    Grossman does a workmanlike job with the film, but his direction and script don't really offer any great insight into Darby's tortured soul.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Morris
    70
    Ex-Germs infect biopic with punk authenticity
  4. 58
    The movie is exciting at times, moving at times, and watchable throughout, but fans of The Germs and L.A. punk may start to pine for what's missing around the time Michele Hicks shows up.
  5. Despite a terrific performance from Shane West, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Crash, Secret is a chronology, not a biopic.
  6. 50
    This isn't a boring movie or a dishonest one. But it's a relentlessly literal-minded one, light on vision and atmosphere, that moves through the history of the Germs with a checklist.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    20
    The worst kind of bastard adaptation, Secret subtracts without adding.

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