Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

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Released 2004

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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

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Director:
Joe Berlinger
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Some Kind of Monster is a 2004 documentary chronicling Metallica’s journey up to the release of their 2003 grammy award winning album St. Anger. The film opens with bassist Jason Newsted’s resignation from the band. The rest of the band, in “Performance Enhacement Therapy,” has to deal with the loss, as well as their animosity towards each other. Along the way, the creative process starts and stops, and often takes a backseat to fatherhood, James Hetfield’s alcohol addiction, and fan outrage due to Newsted’s disappearance. Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Some Kind of Monster is considered a classic Rock Documentary. The Duo also directed the classic docs Brother’s Keeper and Paradise Lost. Though critics almost universally praised the film, fan reaction was mixed. Some enjoyed seeing all the turbulence behind the curtain, while others found the group whiny and insecure, not something they look for in a heavy metal band.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    You realize you are witnessing a psychodrama of novelistic intricacy and epic scope.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Pic itself is a long haul, at nearly 2½ hours; yet one needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    By turns exasperating, appalling and surprisingly empathetic -- sometimes all in the same moment -- the three members of Metallica quickly emerge as the main attractions in Some Ki...

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