Anvil! The Story of Anvil
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About the Canadian metal band Anvil. At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the "demigods of Canadian metal," releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal on Metal." It went on to sell millions of records, but Anvil's career didn't flourish afterwards. Instead, they went straight to obscurity.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it's undoubtedly comical and touching, a pall of middle-aged gloom hovers over the antics of Canada's longest surviving death metal band."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Now THIS is Spinal Tap."
‑ Josh Freedom duLac, Washington Post
"A winning way to thrash out an evening's entertainment."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Anvil is an inspirational documentary which provides witness to the power of the human spirit, played to a heavy metal soundtrack."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The journey of Anvil in the film is one suffused with love and passion...they are the poster-band for passion, and their story is worth checking out."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"A winning and surprisingly moving documentary about -- wait for it -- a struggling Canadian heavy metal band that apparently influenced a generation of hard-rockers including Metallica, Anthrax and Guns N' Roses."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"It's an affectionate portrait of performers starving for applause, achingly funny as only real life can be."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's worth seeing because it's as dramatic as movies come, and the characters are more real than anything you'll see in a work of fiction."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Transcends thrash metal culture and becomes a working class tale of doing what you love at all costs."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"What's so refreshing about 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' is that it focuses on a Toronto band named Anvil who have been playing for 30 years despite having no commercial success to show for it."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Cute if predictable."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The new documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil succeeds every which way, as '80s metal nostalgia, as a twisted sort of reality-show attempt at a comeback, as an unexpectedly touching portrait of a friendship."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Anvil! es ante todo el retrato de una amistad verdadera, la de dos compañeros de ruta que a pesar del paso del tiempo y de los fracasos (...) todavía siguen persiguiendo el mismo sueño loco de cuando eran adolescentes."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"One of the most uplifting and inspirational movies of the year."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"I found more real-life poetry about aspiration and failure in a fictional effort such as The Wrestler."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
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