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It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

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77

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 16

Part raucous mockumentary, part drama-filled biopic, It's All Gone Pete Tong amuses and warms hearts with its touching, comic, and candid look at a musician faced with a career-ending handicap.

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

Part raucous mockumentary, part drama-filled biopic, It's All Gone Pete Tong amuses and warms hearts with its touching, comic, and candid look at a musician faced with a career-ending handicap.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 17,095

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Movie Info

He's been written off by his record company, his manager, his wife and his friends. His phone only rings when it's his coke dealer dropping round to party. Without a doubt, legendary DJ Frankie Wilde's life is out of control. Eventually he finds the self esteem to confront his personal demons and emerge from his wilderness much a different person.

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Drama, Comedy

Michael Dowse

Sep 20, 2005

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There's nothing like watching a guy hit rock bottom and then try to crawl back up again. Or as that heartless record industry weasel puts it, 'People love a good tragedy.' Especially one set to a good beat.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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You may ... find the picture as undisciplined as Frankie's wild coif. I see the chaos, like the coif, to be tangled but pointed, an endearingly calculated mess.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The formula doesn't entirely stick, but Dowse's visual veracity towers over any narrative shortcomings Tong presents.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is biopic as raving rumination. But it is also a surprisingly compassionate redemption story.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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The movie works because of its heedless comic intensity; Kaye and his writer-director, Michael Dowse, chronicle the rise and fall of Frankie Wilde as other directors have dealt with emperors and kings.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A raucous, uproarious satire of the dance-club scene.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This has writing that could charitably be called inane, and a wholly repulsive star.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

One of the most graphic, scary, funny and imaginative depictions of drug addiction ever filmed.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The film soars on the talent of Paul Kaye's magnificent portrayal of a pop music icon's self abuse, descent into total deafness and rebirth ...

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: JWR

O diretor Michael Dowse confere energia admirŠvel a este filme espetacular que conta, ainda, com uma atuaÁ„o arrebatadora de Paul Kaye.

September 22, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Bright, noisy, and surprisingly fulfilling, it keeps its adrenaline rush under deceptively easy control.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

At the center of all this is Kaye's flat-out brilliant performance.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Paul Kaye's performance is revelatory. A surprisingly warm-hearted mockumentary.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinemania

When Kaye tries to be funny, he's odd; when he tries to be sad, he's boring; and when he tries to be happy, he's . . . just weird.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

There's unexpected tenderness in the sincerity with which Dowse plunges into Disability Movie conventions.

July 6, 2005 Full Review

It's a mess, albeit a vaguely likable one.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Surges along on wry dialogue and energetic scenes, mixing spot-on parody with comments on the exploitation of the handicapped and the fads of the dance music industry.

June 27, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A killer soundtrack and a performance all of volatile physicality by Kaye.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Wants to be tangy but comes off sour instead. It might just leave you with a bit of a headache, too.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A smart albeit uneven jab at everything from the clubbing life to the male inclination toward Peter Pan.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Kaye is a marvel of unbridled energy.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Metafiction is a dangerous game to play ...but it's apparent writer-director Dowse has faith. Let's hope that faith is rewarded; we need more of this kind of quirky satire.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Doesn't live up to its billing, but is an enjoyable movie that rings in your ears

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for It's All Gone Pete Tong

It's All Gone Pete Tong is a fun, entertaining comedy that boasts an impressive cast and is well directed by Michael Dowse, who previously helmed the Canadian Cult classic Fubar. Taking a cue from Fubar, this film has a mockumentary flavor to it, mixed with memorable humor. The film was surprisingly good considering that Dowse made such an absurd directorial effort with Fubar, and though that film was great, It's All Gone Pete Tong is a more accessible film for film goers because the humor and story is more consistent and more thought out, than Dowse's previous work. I really enjoyed the film, and thought it was a fine feature from Michael Dowse, who I felt greatly matured as a filmmaker. This is a must see for fans of the genre and it definitely has a well constructed storyline, laced with enough humor t5o keep you involved in the film's plot. Sure there are things that could have been done better, but overall this is a solid comedy that evokes mockumentary stylings perfectly. The comedy is great, the acting is terrific and It's All Gone Pete Tong is a well crafted movie that manages to showcase a directors evolution in the medium perfectly. I still feel that Dowse has made his best work with Fubar, but this is nonetheless a worthwhile effort from the director who's managed to craft a very different movie than his first outing. So, if you loved Fubar, you're sure to enjoy this film. Even if you didn't, give this film a shot as it may surprise you at how good it really is. The script is well thought out and the gags are wonderful and overall this is a solid comedy that is very well acted and directed.
February 9, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Didn't think I'd like it but was pleasantly surprised, Paul Kaye is so convincing in his portrayal of Frankie Wilde, a DJ who's always off his head and is going deaf. Really well directed by Michael Dowse, it?s got everything from bitter sweet drama to surreal comedy. Top film!
September 30, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

The film soars on the talent of Paul Kaye's magnificent portrayal of a pop music icon's self abuse, descent into total deafness and rebirth ...
July 5, 2009
roygutteridge

Super Reviewer

Superb movie comedy slash musical to say the least you going to be entertained if you are a party animal who loves kicking it with your homies
March 1, 2008
rezpatriot

Super Reviewer

    1. Frankie Wilde: Yeah you going down the passion tonight, oh no mate no I'm staying in cause frankie wild's at the right hand bottom corner of the tv tonight doing the fucking hand jive it'll be brilliant.
    – Submitted by James B (2 years ago)
    1. Frankie Wilde: So sometimes I just stare at a flip-flop for hours. I'm not joking. I'm being serious, yeah.
    – Submitted by James B (2 years ago)
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