American Hardcore
American Hardcore (2006)

Generally unheralded at the time, the early-80s Hardcore Punk Rock scene gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers were it not for hardcore pioneers such… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Hardcore is an informative and highly entertaining look at the heyday of punk in the early 1980s.

Michael Senft
Arizona Republic

... an enjoyable if incomplete nostalgia trip.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Instead of an insightful look at disaffected youths finding an outlet for angry energy in rock rages, American Hardcore is a slanted history lesson coming solely from its subjects.

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Cole Smithey

For a documentary ostensibly about the history of the hardcore punk music movement that reigned in America during the '80s, director Paul Rachman and writer Steven Blush indefensibly omit the genre's most talented and high-profile band (The Dead Kennedys)

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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

American Hardcore, Paul Rachman's impressively thorough documentary, tells of the second-generation punk rockers who learned from the Sex Pistols and Ramones and then did their DIY thing.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

What's irritating about the movie is how much time it spends on empty nostalgia -- shouldn't real punks scorn reminiscing? -- and how little time it spends truly exploring the roots of America's punk prime in the early 1980s.

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Matthew Smith
Film Journal International

Struggles under the weight of its own ambition.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

American Hardcore gets what most music lovers could not at the time: Sometimes, that noise in your head and that anger in your heart just has to get out, and there's always a guitar around somewhere.

Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Leaves little doubt that this truly was one of the wildest eras in rock.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The hit-and-run effect sometimes suggests a documentary equivalent to slam dancing, but without the bruises.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Harris
This was good in that it was bolstered by testimonials from the hardcore scene's biggest names, generally, but its scope was simply too broad. There is a… More
Eduardo C
How can a documentary about the rise of the fiercely energetic, riotously entertaining and badass hardcore offshoot of punk be so boring? The film is grossly… More