Good Vibrations (2012)


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Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn team to tell the true story of Terri Hooley, the rebellious Belfast music lover who launched his own record label, dubbed "Good Vibrations," in the 1970s, and quickly emerged as a key figure in the Irish capitol's thriving underground punk scene.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Glenn Patterson, Colin Carberry
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as Terri Hooley

as Ruth Hooley

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Critic Reviews for Good Vibrations

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (2)

A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Toronto Star
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The film does most things by the book but it's still an interesting biopic about a person that you probably won't be familiar with.

Full Review… | June 29, 2014
ABC Radio Brisbane

The team behind Good Vibrations have made a film that is determined to live up to its title, and does so.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
The Australian

Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014

An extraordinary labour of love about an even more extraordinary labour of love.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014

The gleaming, beaming centrepiece of this boisterous period piece is [Richard] Dormer's magnetic performance. Continually risking himself and his tiny store, he channels the passion and defiance embedded in the music he loves.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014

Audience Reviews for Good Vibrations


This Irish film written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson and directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn was a refreshing viewing after the previous monster packed 2 hours. Refreshing, inspiring and invigorating, it stars Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Adrian Dunbar, Liam Cunningham, Karl Johnson and Dylan Moran. The film is a chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.


The movie starts in a little bit awkward way - telling us the story of a happy kid who lost an eye because of bullying of the other kids - and shows a kid with a bow and arrow hitting Terri. Maybe there were other options but, anyway, at the end worked well. Later we find out that Terri Hooley (Dormer) became a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it, by chance, he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city's nascent underground punk scenes. Inspiring and encouraging the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader and some kind of protector of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative punk Ulster with no religious divisions, to bring his city back to life.

I really loved the music, and most of it was provided by bands released by the Good Vibrations label, such as Big Time, I-Spy and The Pressure's by Rudi, Self Conscious Over You, Justa Nother Teenage Rebel and You're A Disease by The Outcasts and Teenage Kicks by The Undertones, as well as Stiff Little Fingers, another Northern Irish punk band around at the same time but not released by the label. The soundtrack also includes songs by The Shangri-Las, Small Faces, David Bowie, Hank Williams and Suicide - quite a variety.

If you like movies with a heart and soul give it a go. It's worth it!

Panta Oz

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Great performance Richard Dormer, passion and inspiration.

hawk ledge

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Hits them emotional high points far too early in the film and is just kinda lost interest near the end.

Marion Ravenwood

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