24 Hour Party People Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 23, 2009
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 2, 2002
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
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2002
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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
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Arizona Republic
September 9, 2002
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 31, 2002
A real party, but it's hard to keep track of the guests.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 30, 2002
Even if you have never heard of the Mondays, whose members swiftly self-destructed in Ecstasy and excess, or of Tony Wilson, the entrepreneur the film is about, you may find yourself drawn into the vortex created by director Michael Winterbottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Evelyn McDonnell
Miami Herald
August 30, 2002
It's inaccurate to pin Manchester's rise as a musical mecca wholly on one person, but Wilson makes for a fascinating character study, and he's drolly played by Coogan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 30, 2002
Its wit and sense of fun open it up to people with only a passing interest in the music and the era.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 30, 2002
With enough verve and energy, if a not an absolute devotion to truth, to keep you dancing and thinking for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 29, 2002
Rave and dance music aficionados will be pleased to see an important chapter in their cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 23, 2002
Winterbottom captures the spirit of the times, although the film's camera shakes and psychedelic colour bursts may make many viewers feel like reaching for Gravol rather than Ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
August 23, 2002
So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 22, 2002
Great good fun even if you spent the 1980s listening to Loverboy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2002
Winterbottom has set a high, new standard with 24 Hour Party People, his funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 16, 2002
Winterbottom, who rarely makes comedies ... nevertheless appreciates Coogan's richly comic portrait and lets him run with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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David Segal
Washington Post
August 16, 2002
Smart and grabby enough to work even if you think 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is a bummer of a fortune cookie rather than a Joy Division tune.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2002
Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
Amazing, rich in authentic period atmosphere and detail, an ever-changing cyclorama of a movie that contains and frames Wilson, who never is allowed to overwhelm it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2002
The actors' performances are a mix of eerie mimicry and something more: a portrait of ambitious dreamers kicking around big notions and doing absolutely self-destructive, stupid things.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brendan Bernhard
L.A. Weekly
August 15, 2002
Wilson is both in the thick of things and eternally above the fray, and, ultimately, his unflappable cool creates a distancing effect in the viewer as well. But even at a distance, the movie's a rave and a half.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2002
If you're even vaguely a fan of any of the groups in 24 Hour Party People, you'd be an idiot not to see this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 9, 2002
The rare film about rock that actually captures the anarchic essence of its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
August 9, 2002
The bad thing about 24 Hour Party People is that it's blindly ambitious, garishly self-indulgent and reckless with the truth. The good thing is it knows all these things. And the best thing is that it might be a great movie.
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Megan Turner
New York Post
August 9, 2002
This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 8, 2002
A scrappy pop docudrama that's as mod, odd, and ironic as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 8, 2002
It's worthwhile alone for Mr. Coogan's fine portrayal of Mr. Wilson as a sly, cantankerous question mark of a man who provokes more queries than he answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 6, 2002
The Manchester creation myth is thrillingly re-enacted.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 10, 2002
Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
June 22, 2002
Bracing wit and boundless energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
April 10, 2002
Thanks to an excellent script from Frank Cottrell Boyce, brilliant cinematography by the legendary Robby Muller and intelligent direction by Winterbottom, the film is constantly amusing and fascinating.