Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome) Reviews

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Nick Herd
The List
January 25, 2013
A unique and touching depiction of some truly passionate outsider artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
February 1, 2013
What the film lacks in shape it makes up for in integrity and good humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
January 25, 2013
The directors' affecting yet non-sentimental verité approach suits the raw material, spurning 'expert' talking head commentary and letting the band speak (and scream) for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 31, 2013
No masterpiece, but sensitive and extremely alive to life's amusing idiosyncrasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
John Anderson
Variety
May 8, 2012
[A] funny, edgy and very human feature ...
February 4, 2013
What shines through most strongly ... is both the sense of camaraderie and the personal benefits each band member takes from the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 3, 2013
A very likable, relaxed film.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 30, 2013
Candid and compassionate. Loud, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 31, 2013
This likable documentary about a Finnish punk band whose members are all middle-aged men with learning disabilities opens a window on to another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 1, 2013
They are a noisy delight if not exactly The Clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Knight
National Post
December 13, 2013
Fun, light-hearted and proof that disability is no barrier to musical success, but it could have benefited from a little more background on the band members.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jay Stone
Canada.com
December 5, 2013
It's a sketchy and raggedy film, but like punk music, it probably would have been spoiled if it were smoothed out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Daily Express
February 1, 2013
Low-budget and ragged The Punk Syndrome has a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Scotsman
February 4, 2013
As a piece of rock verite, it's sympathetic, patchy, occasionally discomfiting, but always honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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