End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones
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End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones
Filmmaker Michael Gramaglia's years-in-the-making biography of the legendary punk band the Ramones entitled End of the Century traces nearly all the various and sundry peaks and valleys which the seminal rockers experienced over the course of its 20-plus year career before disbanding in 1995. Beginning with the band's first concert performances in the mid-'70s, Gramaglia explores the eccentric and highly volatile band members -- in all the various line-ups that were presented over the years -- as the Ramones slowly gained fame for their high energy and high-tempo style of music… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A deliriously musical portrait of a band that became famous and legendary without the headlining stardom that usually accompanies that."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A film that does a fine job explaining their importance without airbrushing their foibles."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Stellar docu on influential punk band; talk of drugs, drink."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"an extensive, bittersweet scrapbook... (that) pays tribute to both the band's punky, never-say-die spirit and to the hard-driving, often exhilarating music they created."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"An exhilaratingly brilliant film about the rise and rise of the punk band that was too tough to die."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"A comprehensive look at the punk pioneers that never wears out its welcome."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A satisfying, straightforward documentary with great archive footage and interviews with band members ... and those they influenced."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"Everything you want to know about the Ramones, as told by many of the people who were there to remember."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Rise and fall of punk rock pioneers"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"1) it's a richly human story about friendship, originality, professionalism and success, and 2) there's hardly been any new music worth a lick in the past 30 years that the Ramones didn't somehow inspire."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The revelations may even deepen your appreciation for the music -- it's incredible that so much dumb fun was generated out of such pain."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Engaging documentary."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Necessary viewing for any music fan."
‑ Jim Agnew, Film Threat
"One of the most appealing themes running through this rock-doc is the admission by all concerned that The Ramones were never great musicians and never needed to be."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A portrait of an unpretentious band whose sum was greater than its very flawed parts."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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