We told you yesterday (March 22nd) that the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt had finally been released by Netflix. Well, with the release of the movie comes reviews from critics. Not every review has been kind and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has come out with boxing gloves on to defend the movie.
As of now, the movie has an 86 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is based on more than 300 reviews. However, it’s critical rating, based on 36 reviews, stands at 42 percent.
Take away Rotten Tomatoes, and you start to see that many movie critics have not warmed to the film. The bands home town rag Los Angeles Times panned the movie saying it was “tone deaf.” The Atlantic was also scathing, saying that the film is dangerous for “showing pigheadedness as not only fun and cool, but also elemental, inexplicable, and unstoppable.”
The reviews above are just a sample and unfortunately not alone as lots of other news outlets have panned the movie in similar ways. Sixx has taken notice and responded via Twitter:
Sixx wrote: “The album is number #1. The fans are going crazy over #TheDirt. The critics hate it.”
— 🏴☠️ xxıS ıʞʞıN 🏴☠️ (@NikkiSixx) March 23, 2019
Machine Gun Kelly, who plays Tommy Lee in The Dirt thought of the book as his “bible” growing up, but also realizes that might well have been a bit problematic.
“When you’re 13, you don’t really understand problems too much, so you’re just looking at all the things that glitter. It wasn’t until we were on set and doing these scenes that we were like, ‘Whoa, this is dark. What are people going to think about this?’” Adding: “But there’s something about the truth in that book — the fact that you do fall in love with these people [who] then do this giant nose dive into this dark place.”
You can catch The Dirt streaming now on Netflix