The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are among the Heavy Metal artists interviewed in The Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years. This follow-up to filmmaker Penelope Spheeris' classic 1981 "punk" documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is a bit more reflective and word-dominated than its predecessor, but no less entertaining. One striking aspect of the film is its before-and-after comparisons of the impact of MTV. Heavy Metal newcomers tend to overpraise the cable service, while the "oldsters" implicitly decry… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's so little respect for the music that we never see or hear a number from beginning to end, and we rarely hear any of the musicians speak more than a few seconds at a time."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Fascinating."
‑ , Film4
"For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway."
‑ , Time Out