The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Penelope Spheeris directed this sequel documentary profiling the heavy metal music scene in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and members of KISS and Motorhead appear.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 17, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2016
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Luca Cimarusti
Chicago Reader

[The Sequel] focuses on the kind of extravagance that the kids in the first film were rebelling against, at least insofar as it manifested itself in stadium-ready rock 'n' roll and its brand-new baby brother,

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Time Out

Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway.

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TV Guide

This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There's so little respect for the music that we never see or hear a number from beginning to end, and we rarely hear any of the musicians speak more than a few seconds at a time.

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Jason Bailey

The filmmaker ultimately comes away with a portrait of hedonism and emptiness that's as sad as it is funny.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A very interesting documentary and capture of the life of metalheads in the late 80s. I was really looking to watch the first part, but I loved seeing all the… More
xGary Xx
I grew up with metal, and I have a real soft spot for this's hilarious! It's EXACTLY like This Is Spinal Tap...but it's REAL!!… More
Lee Kyle
Pretty good rockumentary, that features alot of my favorite hair bands back in the day with an awesome soundtrack. Watch for a very very drunk Chris Holmes… More