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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (2)

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

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
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.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Screenwize

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

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

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.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

If the recent Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith was too sugar-sweet for your liking, this relatively ragged affair will do the trick just nicely.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

In the charming if somewhat predictable Good Vibrations, popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

There are many flourishes in this film, from visual playfulness to devices that rapidly move us through story elements, to touches of magic realism

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Set on a backdrop of 70s Belfast replete with bombs and conflict, passion for life is the central theme for this offbeat and up-beat film in which punk and new wave music unites the un-uniteable

May 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The undercurrent mixture of aggression and delirium is helped by the fact that Terri Hooley's bearded visage at times mixes the psycho side of some of Robert De Niro's characters with comical Robin Williams.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

It's the background of the Troubles that gives this rousing biopic its edge.

April 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Richard Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Karl Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Never mind the mouthpieces: this one goes out to all the folks who know the true meaning of 'no surrender'. Go early. Go often. Bring the family.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The story of Belfast's "godfather of punk" is told with plenty of groovy style to match the 1970s setting, mixing the music with colourful locations and lively characters.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

The film, studded with archive footage of an awful time, is cheerful and observant even if it goes on a bit too long.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Any film that can bring tears to your eyes by playing a minor hit from 1978 - Teenage Kicks climbed only as far as number 31 in the UK singles chart - is all right with me.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

An engaging bit of myth-making, if a little undisciplined like its protagonist.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

For much of the time, Hooley's tale is, while enjoyably ramshackle, a familiar one of skanky pubs, transit vans, snooty major label executives and poorly attended gigs.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Joyous, but with a serious edge.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Good Vibrations

When I think of Punk I automatically think of London. If someone were to ask me where else it effected I would probably then say New York, although their scene was very different. Belfast would one of the last places I would think of, despite knowing full well that The Undertones were from there. I guess London (the City in which I reside) is littered somewhat with music shops, venues, studios of historical importance so I have never heard of Good Vibrations, even though it is probably more important than all the London record shops put together (or at least most of them). It's the epitome of what Punk is all about, breaking down barriers and being caught in the middle, so Belfast during the 70s is probably the perfect location in which to show it's power and influence. This is a great alternative music biopic that is historically accurate as well as historically important in modern politics and culture.
February 28, 2014

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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!
November 29, 2013
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

Great performance Richard Dormer, passion and inspiration.
June 8, 2014
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.
January 17, 2014

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