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      Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

      Released Jan 21, 2004 2h 20m Documentary List
      88% Tomatometer 122 Reviews 83% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed anger and aggression. Between searching for a replacement bass player, creating a new album and confronting their personal demons, the band learns to open up in ways they never thought possible. Read More Read Less

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

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Snippets of the band’s brutally percussive music punctuate the endless encounter sessions, which expose the musicians’ boundless self-absorption... Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Liese Spencer Independent (UK) Rated: 4/5 Mar 7, 2005 Full Review Brian Costello Common Sense Media Raw docu shows band at a low point; frequent cursing. Rated: 4/5 Apr 25, 2017 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal 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. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 19, 2010 Full Review Jay Antani Cinema Writer An entertaining and penetrating look at the creative process Rated: 3/4 Aug 20, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      B. B For diehard fans, seek out the 2 disc DVD. The bonus content is longer than the movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Steve s pissed off and needing to fight everyone/everything -- that is how Metallica grew to success. But now they made it. Everything is awesome for them. It has removed their anger-fueled energy for creative songwriting. They (Lars) discover they are actually "the man" they've been rebelling against as he sues napster. So now They are receiving the rage they usually dish out. There is one moment in the entire show with a spark of their old selves -- when they are supposed to record a radio ad spot. And they hate it and mock it. It's awesome old Metallica rebelling -- and effortlessly riffing on creative mocking lyrics. Dear Metallica -- find an enemy worthy of your anger and write the f*ck outta some powerful metal. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Meant to be a propaganda piece of advertising their newest album. This warts and all documentary is a fascinating look at a band on the brink of coming apart and trying to recapture what made them great in the first place while literally going through counseling together. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Great music documentary. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing story behind St. Anger and Metallica is awesome and will always be the kings of Metal but Judas Priest will be the metal gods forever and Metallica lives on as the masters...master! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Not familiar with the album, I started to watch with very mixed feelings: Metallica member's arguing, and expressing their inner feelings provided awkward look deep into their "kitchen". In the middle of the movie I stopped and took 75 min break to listen St.Anger. That gave me the context and from then on, I enjoyed the documentary much better. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After bassist Jason Newsted quits the band in 2001, heavy metal superstars Metallica realize that they need an intervention. In this revealing documentary, filmmakers follow the three rock stars as they hire a group therapist and grapple with 20 years of repressed anger and aggression. Between searching for a replacement bass player, creating a new album and confronting their personal demons, the band learns to open up in ways they never thought possible.
      Director
      Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
      Producer
      Bruce Sinofsky, Joe Berlinger
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Third Eye Motion Picture Company
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 21, 2004, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 10, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.2M
      Runtime
      2h 20m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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