Kill Your Idols
Kill Your Idols (2006)

A thrilling, comprehensive guide to New York's buzzing downtown underground post-punk scene. Director Scott Crary kicks things off with the birth of No Wave in the late 1970's, providing an angular rush with a priceless collection… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Kill Your Idols then takes a misguided swerve into the current downtown New York rock scene, so that it can spend more time preaching about the anarchy of the good old days than it does revealing them.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

S. A. Crary's music documentary examines New York's No Wave scene of the late 1970's an offshoot of punk, the anti-New Wave.

Shawn Levy

This is little more than a sketchy portrait of two fascinating cultural moments with only geography and 70-ish minutes of celluloid connecting them.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The documentary enters more dubious territory when it tries to present today's more consumer-friendly post-punkers (like the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as some sort of successors.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

Crary takes the usual talking- heads- and- archival- footage approach, which isn't really a problem, though the film's whirlwind approach is.

Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

Discordant documentary on New York's "No Wave" art-punk music scene begins in fertile territory but squanders everything with a lengthy and ill-considered comparison to more recent bands.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News atonal love letter to a single corner of the culture - one built, in the words of singer Lydia Lunch, on 'beauty and truth and filth.'

Joshua Land
Village Voice

Kill Your Idols pulls a few punches, tempering its respect for No Wave values like extremity and contentiousness with a more 2006 concern for not actually offending anyone in particular.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

The film is well done, capturing a brief, unimportant moment in musical history.

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Ed Fucking Harris
Recently I've been getting into No Wave bands like DNA, Mars, Teenage Jesus, and obviously early Sonic Youth and Swans (2 ofmy favourite bands for awhile… More
Leo L
Absolute favorite!!