Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2009)

About the Canadian metal band Anvil. At 14, Toronto school friends Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the "demigods of Canadian metal,"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A touching, uplifting and inspirational rockumentary about an aging metal band, both hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure.

Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

While it's undoubtedly comical and touching, a pall of middle-aged gloom hovers over the antics of Canada's longest surviving death metal band.

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Josh Freedom duLac
Washington Post

Now THIS is Spinal Tap.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Memorable music docu on Canadian metal band; lots of cursing

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

A winning and surprisingly moving documentary about -- wait for it -- a struggling Canadian heavy metal band that apparently influenced a generation of hard-rockers including Metallica, Anthrax and Guns N' Roses.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's an affectionate portrait of performers starving for applause, achingly funny as only real life can be.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A winning way to thrash out an evening's entertainment.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Cute if predictable.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The new documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil succeeds every which way, as '80s metal nostalgia, as a twisted sort of reality-show attempt at a comeback, as an unexpectedly touching portrait of a friendship.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's worth seeing because it's as dramatic as movies come, and the characters are more real than anything you'll see in a work of fiction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
This band's story is a hopeful and endearing rock fable that touches the heart of many, even non metal fans like myself. Robb and Lips are two dedicated… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"At fourteen, they made a pact to rock together forever. They meant it."</i> At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to… More
Jens S.
A lot of the metal bands that started in the early 1980s are still relevant today, some are even more popular than ever. This is the true story of one band that… More
Melvin White
We have all heard the saying, "life isn't fair." Anvil! the Story of Anvil shows how unfair life can be. Anvil toured with Whitednake, Scorpions,… More
Daniel Perry
You don't need to love metal, you just need to love honest artists. In the early going, you can't help but compare it to This Is Spinal Tap, and start… More
Dan Schultz
An honest, emotional, and riveting look at a heavy metal band from the 80's that never quite took off like they possibly should have. This is the real-life… More