Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

A music documentary about the trials and tribulations of the heavy metal group Metallica as they cut their first album in six years. The members of one of the most successful heavy-metal band in history submit to two years of intensive… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how Metallica survives one of their more turbulent periods.

Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fans of the band will love the revealing footage, especially landmark moments such as bassist auditions (more famous names showed up than the one they picked) and encounters with the ex-Metallica members (Newsted and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine).

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Absorbing, funny, exhilaratingly entertaining.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Raw docu shows band at a low point; frequent cursing.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

If you're a fan, you will almost certainly be touched by this effort to put an entire dysfunctional band on the couch. And if you're not, well, you're going to giggle.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Serious, funny, frustrating and touching.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

A mostly terrific documentary about a mostly terrible album. Despite derisory poor-me whining, it captures fragility and fear in Metallica's questioned relevancy, considered disbandment and the closest things to tears they can muster for each other.

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Michael Senft
Arizona Republic

An unflinching and often hilarious look at the humanity of these heavy-metal gods.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Fans will undoubtedly thrive on every second. For the rest of us, Monster is precisely that: a creature powerful but ungainly.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
A knitty-gritty documentary on the greatest heavy metal band in history. The in-depth prospective and real-life struggle of the aging forefathers of thrash is a… More
Michael S
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Even though I'm a really big fan of Metallica, anyone interensted in Metal, music, documentaries, or… More
Luke Baldock
Some Kind of Monster is a wonderful look into a band that is gradually falling apart. To be quite honest though, it was nowhere near as bad as I had been led to… More
Jens S.
What probably was planned to be a documentary about the making of their new record soon turned into a close into the head and hearts of one of the greatest rock… More
Alex roy
When I was in my early teens, I was a diehard Metallica fan. In fact their 1984 album 'Ride The Lightning" is responsible for my love of Heavy Metal… More
Lenny Muggsy
Great documentary for a terrible album.