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Based on the popular magazine of the same name, this animated cult film interweaves six visionary stories of science fiction and fantasy. The soundtrack includes such rock superstars as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Initial segments have a boisterous blend of dynamic graphics, intriguing plot premises and sly wit that unfortunately slide gradually downhill."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Heavy Metal has been animated with great verve, and scored very well, with music much less ear-splitting than the title would suggest."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"In 1981, this may have been state-of-the-art animation, but now it looks rudimentary, clunky, and flat. The writing, likewise, is flat."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"...An unabashed crowd-pleaser. Whenever possible, it goes for the fight scene, the sex joke, the jiggly breasts..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Heavy Metal despite all of its flaws and anacrhonisms, nevertheless represents something of a refreshment in today's sterile climate."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Some of the animation is first-rate, particularly in the more modest comedy segments, and even the heavy set pieces have greater flash and dazzle than anything Ralph Bakshi mustered around the same period."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Regardless of its dated stylishness (which still holds up remarkably well a decade plus later), Heavy Metal was a pioneering film in 1981 and remains a pivitol and infuential body of art today."
‑ Jeff Gilbert, Film.com
"Archly stunted and incalculably influential"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a mixed bag, but successful in a mindless, adolescent way."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A bit of a mixed bag. Some eye popping animation, chock full of nudity, gore, and alien landscapes. The classic soundtrack is what makes it most worthwhile when the stories fall flat"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Fantasies that are gratuitously sexist and Fascist (macho whoring and warmongering), and whose roots reach all the way back to post-hippie paranoia, feed the tangled plot-lines of a movie that... should disappoint even the teenage wet-dreamers."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Asked if I wanted to see it again, I figured, why not? I would have remembered if it was really bad. But memory does play tricks."
‑ Bruce Reid, Film.com
"You have to conclude that its makers should have got out more."
‑ , Film4
"Anyone from the era will love it, while everyone else simply won't get it at all."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Wild animation, tons of blaring rock music, and fanboy wish fulfillment fantasies of the freakiest order. Good campy fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
More reviews for Heavy Metal on Rotten Tomatoes

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