Golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since Billy Elliot.
| Original Score: 2/5
The golden-hued cinematography (a filming cliché that really needs to be retired) and the sometimes slack direction by Marc Evans are minuses ...
| Original Score: 2/4
At various moments this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes "High School Musical," "Glee" and "Billy Elliot."
| Original Score: 3/5
Hunky Dory flits along blithely from number to transporting musical number until it ends - with a sigh - and dodges any authentic engagement with its own ideas.
Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichés.
Hunky Dory has some pleasant things in it, but unfortunately, the funereal pace makes a snail look like a jackrabbit.
When it's indulging in glammed-up musical sequences, Hunky Dory comes to life; everything else couldn't seem less inspiring.
Surprisingly, it's not bad.
Like a retro version of High School Musical with less charm.
Heartfelt interpretations of Seventies rock are only part of the appeal of nostalgia-drenched high school drama.
Driver delivers a characteristic combination of savvy and likeability and the period and sun-dappled photography are nicely handled.