An intrepid, unlikely and altogether splendid feat of D.I.Y. reportage.
Nathan Lee - New York Times
This ill-starred four-piece are the heroes of a flawed, fascinating documentary, shot on digital video by two excitable gonzo-esque journalists from Vice magazine.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
The movie reclaims metal's appeal to the powerless as well as its threat--when you can get shot for wearing a Slipknot T-shirt (talk about "Death, be not proud")... raising those devil horns isn't an empty act of aggression.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
The dangers these musicians experience every single day are bound to impact any audience. This is what it really looks like to bang your head against the wall.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Dean Essner - Variety
Pic's chief drawback is onscreen narrator Suroosh Alvi (co-helming with Eddy Moretti), whose fratboy glee at their 'crazy mission' segues to such probing questions as, 'What's the vibe now?'
Eddie Cockrell - Variety
The low-budget movie's technical qualities aren't always the best, but considering the conditions under which the filmmakers worked, it's amazing that Heavy Metal in Baghdad was made at all.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
More than just another Iraq-doc, Heavy Metal is a surprisingly up-close look at the toll of the war on young people, and how they still have dreams and still want to jam, party and get down.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Doc on Baghdad's only heavy metal band provides fascinating insights into war-torn country.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Gives us a rough idea of how bloody awful it is to be living in Baghdad.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The film's at its strongest when Moretti and Alvi make it to Baghdad, but it suffers from a focusing too much on the music and not enough on the band's circumstances.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
And so this low-budget film says more about Gulf War II than all of Hollywood's efforts put together.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
It feels like a spoof, yet this documentary, which follows the fortunes of a monumentally rubbish Iraqi band called Acrassicauda, is for real.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
Though they struggle to build a fan base, and end up seeking refuge in Syria, their dreams persist, still blazing fiercely at the close of this chastening and inspiring film.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Watching the disintegration of Baghdad alongside the band members' aspirations makes this an enlightening and impassioned account of the Middle Eastern crisis.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Heavy Metal in Baghdad is one of those sneaky documentaries that starts out a light-hearted look at a semi-serious subject, and then suddenly turns into something far more moving and profound.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
You mourn the wasted opportunities to explore a culture in which the ultimate rebellion is to copy America's corporate rock.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Sprawling and unfocussed but still a fascinating window onto an unreported world.
Jon Fortgang - Film4
The guerrilla-movie-making ethic of the directors is reflected in the band members, who sport goatees and speak excellent, hipster/metalhead-inflected American English.
Wally Hammond - Time Out
Excellent documentary about the struggle of a heavy metal band to survive in Iraq.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
frustrating but nearly impossible to forget
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Concentrating on the story of Acrassicauda, Iraq's sole metal band, filmmakers Moretti and Alvi reveal the heart-wrenching circumstances for the people caught between the occupiers and the militias.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
Whether you love or hate metal, Acrassicauda's struggle to stay together -- and alive -- will rock you.
Jessica Bennett - Newsweek
... Heavy Metal in Baghdad shows a sliver of the impact the war in Iraq has had on the regular people living there who simply long to have the freedoms we have here.
Kim Voynar - Cinematical