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About the Movie
Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows where punk rock music and culture continue to thrive. Thirty years after bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols infamously shocked the system with their hard, fast, status-quo-killing rock, the longest-running punk band in history is drawing bigger crowds than ever, “pop-punk” bands have found success on MTV, and kids too young to drive are forming bands that carry the torch for punk's raw, immediate sound. Meanwhile, “punk” has become a marketing concept to sell everything from cars to vodka, and dyed hair and piercings mark a rite of passage for thousands of kids. Can the true, nonconformist punk spirit still exist in today's corporatized culture? Featuring interviews, performances, and behind-the-scenes journeys with the bands, labels, fans, and press who keep punk alive, Punk's Not Dead dares to juxtapose pop-punk's music and lifestyle against the roots in the '70s and '80s, resulting in unexpected revelations. A DIY search for the soul of a subculture and a celebration of all things loud, fast, and spiked, Punk's Not Dead shows punk is stronger and more relevant today than it's ever been.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Pacy, broad-based overview of the punk rock scene from 1977 to present packages a who's who of luminaries and rare performance clips into a vibrant proof-of-life statement underpinned by keen analysis of sociopolitical issues.
Fresh: About as in-your-face and raggedy as its subject, Dynner's film is really less of a history than a psychological profile, rooting around for the meat of what makes punk so resilient, cross-generational and communal.
Fresh: Susan Dynner's documentary about the past 30 years of punk music doesn't exactly break any new ground. But it does offer an entertaining overview that is leavened with humorous philosophical digressions.
Fresh: [It's] a documentary that's more about the enduring lifestyle of basement shows, crust-punk houses, and aging rebels than the music. And that can be fascinating stuff.
This documentary was interesting, but quite boring...if you're looking for something exciting, this shouldn't be your top pick.
Punk is dead
Good doc but unconvincing. Punk is def dead, and has been for decades. It's ok though, this kind of pop music is still fun.
whoa... needs more footage..but other than that...ESSENTIAL
wow...it's about tim Social Distortion is invited into a different movie..and it's good to hear ALL the best bands in this movie!! even tho this needed more footage, it is gonna be a classic!! anyone who says 'punk's dead already' can give themselves a swirly in the toilet!!