The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1988
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Film4

Fascinating.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.

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Time Out

Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A very interesting documentary and capture of the life of metalheads in the late 80s. I was really looking to watch the first part, but I loved seeing all the… More
xGary Xx
I grew up with metal, and I have a real soft spot for this documentary...it's hilarious! It's EXACTLY like This Is Spinal Tap...but it's REAL!!… More
Lee Kyle
Pretty good rockumentary, that features alot of my favorite hair bands back in the day with an awesome soundtrack. Watch for a very very drunk Chris Holmes… More