24 Hour Party People Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 19, 2002
Coogan is definitely funny, but even he can't inject the needed energy into this tired film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
September 20, 2002
Fun for a spell but becomes repetitive and monotonous. It leaves you in a haze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
August 9, 2002
24 Hour Party People is anything but a party.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
August 14, 2002
A graying fan's letdown.
| Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
August 22, 2002
Michael Winterbottom puts the Manchester, England music/club scene circa 1980 under the microscope... and forgets to take the lens cap off!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
August 16, 2002
An uneven, hit or miss affair that never quite hits full Python stride and will probably only be appreciated by fans of one or both such music scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 18, 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
Scott B.
IGN Movies
August 9, 2002
'An entertaining but ultimately insubstantial dramatization of the Manchester punk scene.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 8, 2002
An incomprehensible mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 4, 2002
The film went on for too long, delivered very little substance, offered zero interesting characters and ultimately just bored the crap out of me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 22, 2002
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 | Original Score: C
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
The manic swirl of characters (most speaking in thick Northern accents that are sometimes muffled and incomprehensible) may leave you exhausted and confused.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 26, 2002
Exuberant but chaotic...likely to speak to the already converted. Others will probably find the journey a rather bewildering salute.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 4, 2002
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
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
January 31, 2003
A light and playful look at the Manchester music scene which spans from the punk explosion to the dawn of acid house.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2002
Coogan, as the consummate overeducated, overly-erudite opinion leader, is spot-on perfect.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2002
24 Hour Party People is hilarious and cheeky -- and it's crammed with dozens of great musical numbers, along with the inevitable string of setbacks and tragedies as well.
Stephen Silver
American Dreamer
October 3, 2002
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 7, 2002
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 23, 2012
Geoff Carter
Las Vegas Weekly
September 11, 2003
Lynne Truss
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
August 9, 2002
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 23, 2009

FilmFour.com
April 9, 2002

Guardian
April 14, 2002

Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2002
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Arizona Republic
September 9, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
April 4, 2003

FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004
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