Tommy Lee takes issue with review of The Dirt - calls it “laughable”

Motley Crue

Since its launch last Friday, The Dirt has come under fire from some quarters.

It’s led bassist Nikki Sixx to respond, saying that while the critics “hate it” the fans are enjoying the film (opens in new tab).

It’s a fact backed up by review site Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab), which shows an overall score of 42% from the critics, and 85% from the general public.

But drummer Tommy Lee has taken exception to one review in particular – Esquire’s (opens in new tab) which was written by Madison Vain.

In her review Vain said that while The Dirt was “demeaning towards women” and condoned “outlandish rock’n’roll antics,” it didn’t go far enough in documenting their wild legacy.

Lee tweeted Vain directly, saying: “Your review in Esquire of The Dirt was laughable. Jeff Tremaine and the cast killed it. It was our lives, we would know. 

“Besides, what are you, like 30 something? Little girl you don’t even know about this life. Thanks for trying though.”

The Dirt is now available to watch on Netflix (opens in new tab) and stars Machine Gun Kelly as Lee, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, and Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars.

Find out what Classic Rock thought about the film (opens in new tab).

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Scott Munro
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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.