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83
With "Gravity" around the corner, Metallica Through the Never isn't the year's most groundbreaking achievement, but it's surely the most earth-shattering, and that's enough to make it one helluva comeback story.
80
A definitive document for anyone who's ever hoisted the devil-horn fingers in metalhead solidarity.
80
Maybe because the band enjoyed raves for its daring 2004 psychodrama, Some Kind of Monster, an experimental narrative is shoehorned in, involving a roadie (Dane DeHaan) doing bloody battle in a deserted city. Your heart sinks with every cutaway.
80
One drawback: While the swooping and careening visuals capture the depth and darkness of an arena experience, the sound doesn't. As burly as the acoustics in a theater may be, they're spindly compared to the sucker-punch fans prize at an actual Metallica concert. Luckily - for its visuals alone - “Through the Never” has enough grit and power to deserve two fists up.
75
If you're looking for an orgasmic trip to heavy-metal heaven, this is it.
75
In this film, Metallica elevates headbanging to matters of the head that will consume the viewer long after the fade to black.
70
This is a movie made for people who mash themselves up against those steel crowd-control barriers at concerts and still don't think they're close enough.
70
However mindless and heartless it may be, Through the Never succeeds as pure sense-swamping spectacle. It is a blow-out banquet for Metallica fans, and a blockbuster rock-and-rollercoaster ride for any heavy metal tourists curious to see this music played at major-league level.
70
It makes for a unique sort of concert film, but also a weaker one. It would have been better if it had dispensed with the frail narrative or else committed to being completely bananas. But as die-hard Metallica fans well know, a little buffoonery is worth weathering for the main attraction.
67
The Song Remains the Same. There, said it - as will every other rock & roll fanatic considering Metallica: Through the Never.
67
This stereoscopic IMAX vanity project presents the titular rockers not as men, but as living legends, playing the hits at a gigantic venue, for thousands of bellowing diehard fans. In place of introspection, there is only lionizing spectacle; if Monster laid bare the wounded egos of metal's biggest stars, Never simply re-inflates them.
63
Since the movie's street side dream doesn't add much more than a gimmicky “interpretation” of their sound, you're left with a deafening dirge -well-played, but really, no improvement on your basic concert film.
63
If this review had to be in pantomime, it would be me head-banging and busting out some gnarly air guitar for an hour straight - and loving every minute of it. That's how much fun this concert film is. But be warned: If you've never rocked-out to a Metallica song, or don't even know what throwing the horns is, this movie is not for you.
60
Even at its goofiest, Through The Never brings back the communal appeal of those early concert films, which were often just a way for young fans to bond with other young fans over the music of entertainers who seemed to understand what they really wanted.
50
The guys in Metallica are here to remind us that there's a band behind the rage rock. The IMAX 3-D release Metallica Through the Never is all about reasserting their relevance, loudly.
38
The songs still sound great here, but the instruments aren't amplified nearly as much as the nostalgia and vanity of the men who wield them.
38
This movie is basically “Spinal Tap” minus the jokes. Two of the band members have the word “Metallica” emblazoned on their clothing. Metallica - it's the band that has to remind fans whom they're watching!

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