Until the Light Takes Us
Until the Light Takes Us (2009)

"Until The Light Takes Us" tells the story of black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-nineties when a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings accompanied… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Unfortunately, everything the neo-Vikings say is unchallenged.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

This is worth seeing for its snapshot of countercultural delusion and the comedy of Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes, pompous crypto-Nazi and incarcerated murderer, whining that the media have distorted his subtle social critique.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

A morbidly hypnotic yet generally disorganized affair. To be fair, you could argue that it stays purposefully true to the pervasive murk of its subject.

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Joan Anderman
Boston Globe

Their dedication to giving the players their moment on the podium prevented Aites and Ewell from asking provocative questions, or, it would seem, any questions at all.

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Andrew O'Hehir

That's all fascinating as far as it goes, but to some degree Vikernes is playing his liberal American guests.

Frances Morgan
Electric Sheep

Neatly made, but frustratingly anaemic, so keen to avoid editorialising and judgement that it ends up lacking in clarity, tension and even coherence.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

In interviews with a few of the key players, the film desensationalizes the story without really demystifying it. It's an intriguing but shallow examination that never really finds a point of view about its subject.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's absorbing, low-key documentary "Until the Light Takes Us" recounts how a few Norwegian musicians hijacked an obscure offshoot of heavy metal and made it world famous.

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Josh Bell

When Aites and Ewell manage to illuminate the complex relationship between art and action, Until the Light Takes Us can be fascinating and powerful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Good enough to have kept me awake in its entirety. Apparently, more than good enough would have been more appreciated.
_kelly .King
I haven't been writing much about other films because nothing has been stirring me. But I've watched this, and another film which I will surely tackle… More
Randy Tippy
Sometimes disjointed but never dull, <i>Until the Light Takes Us</i> offers an insider's point of view into the oft misunderstood culture of… More
Steve K
Okay but overlong. The music, which is mostly not black metal, is quite good.
Melvin White
"Music. Arson. Murder. Art. Black Metal." If you think metal bands in America are extreme wait until you see and listen to the people behind the… More
Jason Calvin
I enjoyed this documentary a lot more the second time around. I still recognize what I didn't like the first time, the pace is very s-l-o-w. This… More