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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 looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.