Anvil! The Story of Anvil Synopsis
Canadian rockers pursue their music dreams despite a lack of big-time success.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Anvil! is one of the sweetest, funniest films I've seen this year. Also the loudest and most foulmouthed.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
I can't imagine Anvil! not appealing to anyone interested in any aspect of showbiz, and the drug of fame, and the lives people lead in...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

For Kudlow, for whom "music lives forever" - it's never over. And the opportunity to seize the day continues to present itself in this...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Neil Young once said: It's better to burn out than it is to rust. But moviegoers are lucky Anvil didn't take Young's advice. Who knew heavy...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Want to find the heart of rock & roll? You can hear it thundering in Anvil.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Alternately funny, sad and outrageous, Sacha Gervasi's terrific documentary feels like the lost sequel to “This Is Spinal Tap” -- and...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
"How many bands stay together for 30 years?" asks Slash of Guns N' Roses, in a backstage interview. "You've got the Stones, the Who, U2 --...
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Wall Street Journal

A loopy, endearing documentary.
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Flawless from all angles.

By Rowyn
A pure gem that will leave you with a feeling of "not having achieved and pursued" your dreams....

This movie offers hope and substance to viewers of all ages/types

By msf42w
Just watched it at the NYC premiere, the band played afterwards. They were tight. But the movie is about so much more than music, it's about two guys who've chased a dream for 30 years, never...


By universeeye
just might like it...

Takes "Spinal Tap" concept to the next level, only real

By shawnchittle
One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Not what you expect it to be. Much deeper, much more emotional. Fantastic. Hilarious. Must go. Bring all your musician friends, they will get much more...

Great movie

By Movieman-hattan
This is a really great film. People should not fear that it's a documentary for it is every bit as entertaining as a narrative film even more so because the story and characters are real. I laughed...

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

By nickb2020
this movie goes to 11!...

Anvil Rocks!

By drdeath
Anvil: the story of Anvil is an excellent movie that can inspire anyone who watches it. The movie shows what real committment is all about and how hard it can be to reach your dreams. Most...

Like a real-life Spinal Tap only in real life!

By reder
Any self-respecting fan of Spinal Tap MUST SEE Anvil: The Story of Anvil!!! In the immortal words of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls, "[Anvil] will make your ears bleed and your...

Funny, endearing and poignant

By MikeRubio

Anvil truely rocks

By Hev0r
I went to see this thinking it would be slightly Spinal Tap, but it was not at all. It is a pretty sad story, but in the end the band seems to be doing well. I wish them the very best and enjoyed...