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The Decline of Western Civilization
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The Decline of Western Civilization

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The documentary of director Penelope Spheeris surveys the Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 with Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.
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TV Guide
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July 18, 2016

This often-fascinating slice of rock history wisely avoids high-profile punk groups, and instead opts for bands who are still struggling to pay their rent.
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New York Times
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August 30, 2004

The Decline of Western Civilization' is a shrewd and engrossing documentary even for audiences who have absolutely no patience for the music it includes.
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Chicago Reader
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January 01, 2000

[A] still potent 1981 documentary about Los Angeles punk rock.
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Variety
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March 26, 2009

A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the LA punk scene, pic is pitched at a perfect distance to allow for simultaneous engagement in the music and spectacle, and for rueful contemplation of what it all might mean.
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ColeSmithey.com
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February 13, 2017

You can't put a price on a filmic document such as this one.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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June 21, 2015

...a perfect symbol for the nihilistic hardcore punk rock that developed in Los Angeles - an angry and unwholesome scene that grew parallel to the more intellectual New York scene
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June 10, 2005

the documentary is quite enjoyable
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People Magazine
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August 03, 2015

The result is both insanely funny and very frightening.
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Japan Times
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July 18, 2016

This was the first time anyone had seen a mosh pit on-screen, and Spheeris somehow gets right in the scrum, capturing a blur of flailing bodies.
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006

The interviews are mostly very funny, probably not always intentionally so. It's far from unmissable, but it's valuable rock history with some great noise.
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Radio Times
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July 18, 2016

This is the first in a trilogy of rock documentaries made by Spheeris that, viewed today, seem like valuable cultural documents. But your granny won't like it.
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