Metallica - Some Kind of Monster
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Award-winning filmmakers Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger (of the Paradise Lost films on HBO) direct Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a documentary about rock stars in therapy. After 20 years of heavy metal, a few members of Metallica decide to hire psychologist Phil Towle to work out some group tensions during the making of their album St. Anger. Most of the therapy sessions involve drummer Lars Ulrich and singer/guitarist James Hetfield, with some input from guitarist Kirk Hammett. Also included are former band members Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and ex-bassist Jason Newsted. The band works… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fans of the band will love the revealing footage, especially landmark moments such as bassist auditions (more famous names showed up than the one they picked) and encounters with the ex-Metallica members (Newsted and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine)."
‑ Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A mostly terrific documentary about a mostly terrible album. Despite derisory poor-me whining, it captures fragility and fear in Metallica's questioned relevancy, considered disbandment and the closest things to tears they can muster for each other."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Overlong, but interesting documentary of heavy metal band Metallica."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"What the film lacks in music, it makes up for with emotional upheavals and conflict."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"If you're a fan, you will almost certainly be touched by this effort to put an entire dysfunctional band on the couch. And if you're not, well, you're going to giggle."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Serious, funny, frustrating and touching."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Probing study of dysfunctional heavy metal band"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's hard for me to grok why Metallica is the most popular or the most hated heavy-metal band there ever was."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An unflinching and often hilarious look at the humanity of these heavy-metal gods."
‑ Michael Senft, Arizona Republic
"Fans will undoubtedly thrive on every second. For the rest of us, Monster is precisely that: a creature powerful but ungainly."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is a masterpiece of rock 'n roll documentary filmmaking, and has set the bar high for those who attempt it in the future."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A magnificent documentary! I talked about it for seven days afterwards."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Who else would give documentary filmmakers this kind of access to their lives? I'll tell you who: Anna Nicole Smith, and any of the has-beens from The Surreal Life."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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