“The Dirt” is ultimately supposed to be an unapologetic tribute to living the fast life, but in the end, it’s just painfully dated and pointless with zero depth or insights. Kickstart your heart it won’t, but you go into shock O.D. over just how bad and worthless it is. [D+] – Rodrigo Perez (The Playlist)
“The Dirt” plays like an ill-advised remake of “This Is Spinal Tap” — one in which all the laughs are unintentional. – Jason Bailey (The New York Times)
THE DIRT A POLLUTED TIME CAPSULE OF TOXIC MASCULINITY
REVIEW: THE DIRT is metalhead morons Motley Crue congratulating themselves for all the women they swiftly bedded, shedded and worse. What year is this again? 2019 or 1989? – Herald Sun
Is anyone surprised that the critics hated the Mötley Crüe biopic? I know I’m not. Critics not liking an authentic look at the 1980s hard rock and heavy metal scene is about as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning.
I think my favorite, headline at least, would be the one from the Herald Sun — “A POLLUTED TIME CAPSULE OF TOXIC MASCULINITY.” Unlike the other reviews I quoted above I did not read the entire Herald Sun article since it’s a member’s only post. Full article or not, that one headline sums up the critical dismantling of “The Dirt” perfectly. Hard rock and heavy metal aren’t politically correct, and that is simply not acceptable in today’s society.
The great Mel Brooks hit the nail on the head when he said; “We have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks.” Political correctness is not only the death of comedy, it is the death of everything from music to movies to political discourse and even to normal human relationships. Comedic masterpieces like Blazing Saddles and Space Balls could never be made today because of the politically correct agenda that has infected our modern world.
I played in a band in the 1980s. I’ve had many girls jump on my lap after a show and shove their tongue in my mouth. It was the time we lived in, and you know what? It was a better time than we’re living in today. We didn’t get offended. We laughed at funny things. We acted like we did and who the hell are you (generation snowflake) to tell us we were wrong?
Mötley Crüe didn’t get critical acclaim back in the 1980s and nothing has changed. “Hair Metal” has been maligned for decades because of the manufactured bands that came late in the game. Authentic bands, like Mötley Crüe and Van Halen, are thrown into the pit with the rest and it’s not right. But it’s not going to change either. If Nikki Sixx is correct, Mötley Crüe will never see the inside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame either.
I’m not complaining. It’s exactly what I expected, and it’s exactly what every rock fan should have expected. The snowflakes have exactly the music they deserve; a meaningless barrage of computer generated, quantized, autotuned, four chord bullshit.