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  1. Walker's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    This is the best installment of Spheeris' trilogy, and the most deeply felt.

  2. Elephants_Gerald's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    The culminating masterpiece of the trilogy. Penelope Spheeris subtly moves the DECLINE series from puckish concert film, to angry screed against sexism and hedonism, to this – a film made by an older, wiser, more empathetic person who turns her eye and influence to a downtrodden, marginalized subculture of homeless youth. It's a vicious shame this humanistic masterpiece is the most under-seen of the trilogy.

  3. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    From all the titles, this is the most shocking and disturbed. A must.

  4. 2multo's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    How have things changed since the late 90's is all I can contemplate?

  5. Nick Potter's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    The most heartbreaking of the trilogy, as the lives of the fans are the focus instead of the bands themselves.

  6. El Biffo's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    Whereas the first 2 films were snapshots of a moment in youth culture/L.A. music scene, this one is mostly just about kids, teen alcoholism, and how they wound up in this circumstance. As always, Spheeris has a real knack for capturing youth in their essence, but in this film that essence is so bleak, and profoundly sad.

  7. David R Williams's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    In contrast to the gleeful anarchy of the original this one....there's an almost unbearable weight of sadness and squalor. Broken children claiming to need nothing crying out for notice...and help? But welcome to the modern world...leave your hopes and dreams at the door. Where are they now? Festering in some squat? Another clog in the mechanism? Dead or wishing they were? Punk is dead. Long live Punk.

  8. Landen Celano's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    The departure from Parts I & II where the musicians take a backseat to the homeless-afflicted fans is a compelling and heartbreaking choice on Spheeris' part.

  9. T Mills's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    An American masterpiece.

  10. SpacePirate's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    Ah subcultures. Lets rebel against the norm/cliched people, and in the process become a cliche ourselves. Good doc though.

  11. Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    (4.5 stars) Bleak and heartbreaking. More focused on the actual punks themselves this time than their music. What a sad life these homeless teens live. Quite eye-opening and emotionally wrenching.

  12. Aaron McCollough's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    Heresy to say so, perhaps, but I think III is the best of the Decline docs. The music certainly takes a backseat to the culture and the lives of the squatters themselves, but that makes more a much more compelling experience. For me, I is hero worship. II is disgust. III is heartbreak.

  13. Ben Loory's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    Spheeris really nails it here; she's past the music and way into the people. Listening to her bark those questions is an eye-opening experience. A great director

  14. corycorycorycory's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    This hit a little too close to home. Punk is stifled by people in it for the wrong reasons. A lot of gutter punks I know are in it for the drinking, and not the ethos. Some are genuine, as are some in this film. It would've been a more captivating viewing experience if it relied more on how bands that play to broke kids for a living. Still, excellent snapshot of punk.

  15. Danny Joseph's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    seriously so sad and it grew on me throughout. so. sad though. woah.

  16. Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    A very good and consequent final of the trilogy. In carving out the social background of the protagonists this part is better than the second one.

  17. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    I think this is a better movie, because of the interviews. New punk same as the old punk, except better clothes and musicians.

  18. ardo sitompul's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    tell me what you think is the most fucked up about the world? everything..sucks.

  19. dave gunn's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    A perfect but hopeless end to the trilogy, particularly because this one focuses more on the people than the bands. Punks remained as nihilistic and hedonistic as they were in the '80s (and continue to be so today), but again, this is a fascinating testament to a subculture that truly rejects what society has to offer.

  20. Evan Meyer's rating of the film The Decline of Western Civilization Part III