The Filth and the Fury
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Although their career lasted a bit less than two years, few rock bands have made a more dramatic impact than the Sex Pistols, who quickly rose to international infamy as the best-known British punk band, then fell apart shortly after their first American tour in a tempest of drugs, ego, and infighting. Manager Malcolm McLaren began making a film about the group while they were at the height of their fame, but by the time McLaren and director Julien Temple completed The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the group's best-known member, bassist Sid Vicious, was dead, and the remaining… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Best for older teens, especially Sex Pistols fans."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A stylish, and engrossing look at the brief punk error."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A dazzling and challenging film, fully seizing the opportunity to make a documentary film burst with vitality."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"Temple's visually inventive collage of newsreel footage, television commercials, weather reports and similar 'found art' fits neatly into the Sex Pistols saga."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
""The Filth and the Fury" is the first punk rock documentary to lay out, in an editorial style, a thorough linear account of the last major musical movement of the twentieth century by way of that genre's fiercest example."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Unlike most rock documentaries that rely on abundant concert imagery and studio outtakes, Filth is less concerned with the music than the setting that produced it."
‑ Jon Niccum,
"One can pay it no greater compliment than to say that it is worthy of its subject."
‑ Gary Mairs,
"Certainly engaging to watch and often compelling to ruminate on."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Loaded with great music and classic Sex Pistols moments."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Temple's repetitive style grows tiresome."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Never mind the bollocks, this 'Pistols doc is the real deal."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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