MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has dismissed the negative professional critic reviews the band’s biopic “The Dirt” has received.
He tweeted on Friday:
“The album is number #1.The fans are going crazy over #TheDirt. The critics hate it. @MotleyCrue @netflix WORLD F*C*ING WIDE.”
“The Dirt” currently has a 42% critic score from 36 reviews on the same site.
Indiewire David Ehrlich called “The Dirt” “wonderfully bad” and compared it to last year’s QUEEN biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a 61% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes but won four Oscars.
“For all the unique details of their story (and their sound), QUEEN‘s big screen bow was so generic that it felt like Bryan Singer was trying to gaslight everyone into forgetting that ‘Walk Hard’ had already reduced this entire genre to a joke,” Ehrlich wrote. “And for all the legendary hedonism that defined their lives, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s movie feels like it could have been made about any one of a zillion other bands. Hell, it could even have been made about QUEEN!”
Los Angeles Times called “The Dirt” “horribly timed,” “astoundingly tone deaf” and “as vapid and misogynistic as the band members and the book they wrote with author Neil Strauss.”
The Daily Beast said that “The Dirt” “spends almost two hours glamorizing sh*tty behavior, and then attempts to exonerate its stars with a few vague voiceovers about regret and rehabilitation.”
The Atlantic wrote: “The danger of a document like ‘The Dirt’ is in showing pigheadedness as not only fun and cool, but also elemental, inexplicable, and unstoppable.”
Deadline wrote that “The Dirt” has been “bleached pretty clean from its feral and self-admitted sordid source material,” citing frontman Vince Neil‘s drunken car crash that killed HANOI ROCKS drummer Razzle and the death of his daughter after a battle with cancer as “rare exceptions in this straight to MOR movie that has a limited emotional range outside of party time.”
The New York Times concurred, saying that screenwriters Rich Wilkes and Amanda Adelson had “sanded it down to a junior varsity ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.”