Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his academic eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal. His… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Made by a metalhead, this documentary of the musical genre both informs and entertains with its range of interviewees.

Erin Meister
Boston Globe

The metal scene emerges throughout the documentary as the recruitment center of an army of misfits, where the outcasts of the world can seek each other out based on their love of the angsty, eardrum-destroying tunes their parents warned them about.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

A lightweight fanboy valentine for ostensibly heavyweight music.

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Rob Gonsalves

Brings on a variety of eloquent voices from both the fanbase and the gods of metal themselves.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

This documentary about one of the most loathed, lampooned and beloved music genres isn't the kind of film to rock your world, though it may well inspire laughter.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Full of splendid social and psychological insights.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The success of Dunn's film in support of heavy metal music might be the result of not offering the audience too much music

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt. It might even convince Tipper Gore that heavy metal thunder is all in good fun.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Interviews with metal practitioners such as Tony Iommi, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Dee Snider, journalists and academic types paint a compelling portrait of a vibrant society of outsiders.

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Matt McNally

Enjoyable whether you're a fan of the music or not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
As a diehard metalhead, I was astounded at how much care that Sam Dunn has given to the genre. He truly gives the respect the genre deserves. Metal: A… More
Jesse Ortega
This little documentary is about everything metal. Its fans, the culture, the enviroment, its roots from blues, sexuality, gender, religion, and anything else… More
_kelly .King
This is one of my favorite documentaries, not only because I'm a metalhead myself, but because it gives true insight into a large global cultural movement.… More
Duncan Ryan-Ross
Anthropologist Sam Dunn directs this documentary about an under appreciated music genre with love, and it shows. It's not everyday you watch a documentary… More
Emily Armstrong
The first ever documenatry about heavy metal culture, from the point of view of someone who is immersed in it himself. I saw this at the Toronto film festival… More
William Goss
A thorough love letter to metal subculture, for fans, by one.