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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

  • Director: Brett Morgen
  • Genre(s): Biography, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Running Time: 145 mins.

This authorized documentary traces Cobain’s life from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success with the grunge band Nirvana.

"It is a true peek into the life of a private superstar. How did he become a rock icon? How did he turn his childhood pain into art? How did his emotional demons overtake him? These are much more difficult questions for a filmmaker to answer than “Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam” or other such garbage of the traditional rock doc."
- Brian Tallerico,
"A masterful and often deeply moving portrait of a volatile American genius, a portrait that goes far beyond one man, one family and one rain-sodden small town. It depicts the society that nurtured and fed that genius, and that made his unlikely creative explosion possible, as being the same environment that poisoned him — and suggests that the rise and fall were inextricably connected."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"It’s a journey deep into the psyche of the tormented genius, that is as all-encompassing and expressive of Cobain's spirit as a film could possibly be. It's a true achievement, both in documentary filmmaking, and in preserving the memory and legacy of Cobain."
- Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"Morgen has crafted an often brilliant, sometimes overheated but always humane documentary, one in which Nirvana’s music and fame is just the scaffolding to Cobain’s inner life."
- August Brown, Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Morgen was given access to Cobain’s archives — “art, music, journals, Super 8 films and audio montages” — and his exhilarating, exhausting, two-hour-plus film, both an artful mosaic and a hammering barrage, reflects years of rummaging through that trove."
- Mike Hale, The New York Times
"If you’re even remotely a fan, you need to see this."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York