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24 Hour Party People Reviews

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Nick Rogers

Tony Wilson's and "24-Hour Party People's" tossed-off philosophy was that the worst of times, like the best, pass away - never truer than in the fickle music industry. A free-form view of a freefall where artifice and artistry tumbled head over heels.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2010
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2010
Michael Dequina

Those wishing for a full-on, comprehensive look at the era will be disappointed, but Winterbottom, Coogan, and Boyce serve up a vivid and lively thumbnail sketch.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

When it comes to capturing music in a visual medium, 24 Hour Party People ranks right up there with Martin Scorsese's 1978 rock documentary, The Last Waltz.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 25, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

24 Hour Party People is a frenzied, metafilmic, postmodern splatter of a homage to a music movement . . . a jolting, raucous ride into the celluloid distance.'

December 1, 2003
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine

Those who can't tell their Johnny Rotten's from their Right Said Fred's will be entertained by Coogan's charmingly relaxed turn and Frank Cottrell Boyce's ardent script.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: B

January 31, 2003
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

A light and playful look at the Manchester music scene which spans from the punk explosion to the dawn of acid house.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

January 31, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is probably entertaining if you are at least remotely interested in, or knowledgeable about, punk music or the rave scene. If not, forget it.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

December 22, 2002

From a pure structure standpoint, 24 Hour Party People is extremely interesting and original. Surprisingly slow moving, however.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

December 18, 2002
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

This is Cult Movie Central -- and there's no livelier tour guide than Michael Winterbottom.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

Steve Coogan makes a likeable enough narrator, and director Michael Winterbottom uses enough cinematic tricks to keep things interesting. Still, for those not in the know, 24 Hour Party People can seem 24 hours long.

| Original Score: 2.5 / 5

December 4, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

Director Michael Winterbottom has pulled off an inspired act of self-referencing, post-modern filmmaking that does these people, their attitude, their home, their music, and their legacy proud.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 4, 2002
Jamie Russell

Brilliantly realised and hilariously funny.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Fans of that period of music should see the film post-haste; others may enjoy it purely from a filmmaking perspective, in which category it succeeds pretty well.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

October 5, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Winterbottom gets the look and feel of the various periods right (the terrific soundtrack certainly helps).

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The [music] scene plays as a frenetic, ever-changing background for the always engaging and often enraging Wilson, who juggles legends, half-truths, exaggerations and baldfaced lies about the times and his part in them.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 4, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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How much you enjoy 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom's raucous look at the Manchester, England music scene of the '80s, probably depends on your background.

| Original Score: B

October 2, 2002
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

One of the most purely entertaining films about (for want of a better term) pop music in years.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Despite its failings and its admittedly untrustworthy account of the events it portrays ... and it often achieves great poignancy and humor.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 22, 2002
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Works mostly because Wilson is such an appealing, humorous character, who even makes occasional pomposity likeable.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 8/10

September 20, 2002
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