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It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

65%
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 17,097

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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.

Rating:
R (for pervasive drug and alcohol abuse, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Dowse
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 20, 2005
Runtime:
Matson Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for It's All Gone Pete Tong

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (16) | DVD (9)

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The formula doesn't entirely stick, but Dowse's visual veracity towers over any narrative shortcomings Tong presents.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is biopic as raving rumination. But it is also a surprisingly compassionate redemption story.

Full Review… | May 27, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A raucous, uproarious satire of the dance-club scene.

Full Review… | May 26, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This has writing that could charitably be called inane, and a wholly repulsive star.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

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

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
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 ...

Full Review… | October 14, 2005

O diretor Michael Dowse confere energia admirável a este filme espetacular que conta, ainda, com uma atuação arrebatadora de Paul Kaye.

September 22, 2005
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | September 20, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

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

Full Review… | September 20, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2005

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2005

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

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2005
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2005
Austin Chronicle

Kaye is a marvel of unbridled energy.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review… | June 4, 2005
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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.

TheDudeLebowski65
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!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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 ...

roygutteridge
Roy Gutteridge

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

rezpatriot
Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

It's All Gone Pete Tong Quotes


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)
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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