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.
Director Marc Evans and screenwriter Laurence Coriat fumble both the musical side of their movie and the coming-of-age side.
| Original Score: C-
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.