Heavy Metal in Baghdad Reviews

  • 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

  • (Heavy Metal in Baghdad movie review at Variety)

    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 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

  • 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]

  • 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

  • Sprawling and unfocussed but still a fascinating window onto an unreported world.

    Jon Fortgang — Film4

  • And so this low-budget film says more about Gulf War II than all of Hollywood's efforts put together.

    Dean Essner — Sun Online

  • Excellent documentary about the struggle of a heavy metal band to survive in Iraq.

    Louis Proyect — rec.arts.movies.reviews

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