Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
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Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His mission: to figure out why metal music is consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned, even while the tribe that loves it stubbornly holds its ground -- spreading the word, keeping the faith and adopting styles and attitudes that go way beyond the music. Sam visits heavy metal landmarks as far flung as L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the dirty streets of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"The metal scene emerges throughout the documentary as the recruitment center of an army of misfits, where the outcasts of the world can seek each other out based on their love of the angsty, eardrum-destroying tunes their parents warned them about."
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"A lightweight fanboy valentine for ostensibly heavyweight music."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Brings on a variety of eloquent voices from both the fanbase and the gods of metal themselves."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A documentary that preaches to the converted if ever there was one, but Dunn's enthusiasm for the subject and the range of pretension and humour of his interviewees makes for fun viewing."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
"It's a measure of Dunn's success that even a total nonfan like myself could find his journey interesting."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"This documentary about one of the most loathed, lampooned and beloved music genres isn't the kind of film to rock your world, though it may well inspire laughter."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Full of splendid social and psychological insights."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The success of Dunn's film in support of heavy metal music might be the result of not offering the audience too much music"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A film that manages to be intelligent without being boring, making it one of the better music documentaries in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"You might not go out and buy the latest Slipknot album after seeing it, but you will understand why some disenfranchised kid would."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt. It might even convince Tipper Gore that heavy metal thunder is all in good fun."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Interviews with metal practitioners such as Tony Iommi, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Dee Snider, journalists and academic types paint a compelling portrait of a vibrant society of outsiders."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Enjoyable whether you're a fan of the music or not."
‑ Matt McNally,
"The movie is woefully short on concert footage, which could have shown us the power of metal instead of just telling us."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Acts not as the window for the outsider into the spectacle of heavy metal music, as the filmmakers proclaim it to be, but an unprovoked fan's defense for liking what he likes"
‑ Edward Havens,
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